Celtics face off in Eastern Conference final after Boston defeats reigning Bucks champion Reading Eagle

The Heat finally know who stands between them and the trip to the NBA Finals.

With a score of 109-81 the reigning Milwaukee Bucks champion in the 7th game of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. Boston will meet Miami in Game 1 on Tuesday at the FTX Arena in Miami at 8:30 p.m.

Whether the Celtics or the Bucks won, Heath coach Eric Spoelstra said it wouldn’t make much of a difference for the first seed in the East.

“At the moment, whoever it is, both sides are familiar with each other only from the regular season and how much we have played against each of the teams in the playoffs,” Spoelstra said.

Heath and the Celtics are no strangers to each other. In the Eastern Conference finals in 2020, Heath passed the Celtics, and in the NBA finals suffered a Lakers hit in the postseason caused by COVID-19, near Orlando.

“To be able to play against this team now is a similar make-up where they have Bam, Jimmy and the physical guys. They added PJ, ”said Celtics striker Grant Williams. “This team has a lot of toughness and they hit the ball well. We need to be able to lock ourselves in and focus on our game plan against them and the scheme. … It will be interesting to be able to confront them. “

Miami has played with Boston three times in the regular season, missing two of three games. The Heat won the last match on March 30th.

Celtics star Jason Tatum has averaged 17.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists against Heath in those three games this season. In 15 career games against Miami, Tatum averaged 20.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

“Just an experience,” Bam Adebayo said. “I feel that’s the most important thing. You start to figure out a guy’s tendencies by playing them year after year. And then you see how they improve or go away the next day, depending on his work ethic. You watch the guys progress in this league after two or three years of confrontation. You will feel their game and the way they play. “

Miami has an advantage over Boston due to the fact that it manages to recover. Miami ended its series against Philadelphia with a win in Game 6 on Thursday, giving Heath four full days to rest and prepare for the conference finals. Meanwhile, the Celtics will have to regroup and travel to Miami to begin the next series on Tuesday.

“It’s important,” guard Tyler Era said. “Between the Atlanta and Branch series we have a few days, and now we have a few days until the next series. I think it’s good for our group to rest for a couple of days, get to the institution together, go through an internship and prepare for the next series. “

Eastern Conference Finals Schedule

Game 1: Tuesday, May 17 – Boston, Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2: Thursday, May 19 – Boston, Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 3: Saturday, May 21 – Miami in Boston 8:30 PM (ABC)

Game 4: Monday, May 23 – Miami in Boston 8:30 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5: Wednesday, May 25 – Boston, Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) *

Game 6: Friday, May 27 – Miami in Boston, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) *

Game 7: Sunday, May 29 – Boston, Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) *

* if necessary


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