Heath stumbled weakly before losing 102-82 in Boston to reach the 2-2 Eastern Finals – Reading Eagle
Surprisingly, these Eastern Conference finals draw 2-2.
Although the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have dominated and dominated over the past week.
If good, both were very good.
And if bad, or it was very bad.
Monday night it was a good Boston Celtics and a bad Miami Heat.
In fact, the Boston Celtics are very good and the Miami Heat is very bad.
Lagging behind 18-1 early and 32 later, the Hit failed to take advantage of Saturday night’s victory at TD Garden, this time losing 102-82 at home to the Celtics.
Thus, what started as the best of the seven was cut to the best of the three to most likely face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, and in the Western Conference Finals the Warriors won 3-0. Dallas Mavericks.
No Heat became the scorer of double-digit numbers, and all five stopped before the start of the fourth quarter.
Forward Jimmy Butler, who served the second half of Saturday’s victory with a sore knee, finished the game with six points in a 3 out of 14 shooting, failing to reach the foul line.
Center Bam Adebayo, who scored 31 points on Saturday, was limited to nine.
And playing Kyle Lowry, in his second game back after missing eight of the previous 10 due to a sprained hamstring, closed three points when shooting 1 of 6.
When Tyler Era’s sixth man was deflected from groin tension, the bench was essentially limited to Victor Oladip, who scored 23 points.
The Celtics, who played in the absence of injured Marcus Smart, were in the lead with 31 points from Jason Tatum, while Tatum outscored the entire Heath starting lineup by 13.
Game 5 will take place at 20:30 on Wednesday at the FTX Arena, and on Friday at 20:30 there will be Game 6 at TD Garden.
Five degrees of heat from Monday’s game:
1. Lost at the start: The Heat opened 0 for 14 off the field, their first basket not coming until Oladipo realized a 3-point lead with 3:22 left in the first quarter after the Heat fell behind 18-1.
The Heat start included 0 for 4 from Butler and 0 for 3 from Adebayo.
Heath’s first basket did not come until coach Eric Spoelstra replaced Adebayo, Lowry and Max Strus in favor of Davein Deadman, Gabe Vincent and Oladip.
According to ESPN, the one-point “Hit” eight minutes later was the team’s lowest playoff figure in that period in 25 years.
The heat then dropped to 1 of 16 from the field before Butler turned the 15-foot jumper with 1:50 left over during that period. Butler later converted the score, the only other basket to hit Heath during the period in which they closed 12 minutes 3 of 20 off the field and lost 29-11.
It was the first quarter of “Heath” with the lowest result since the season in the franchise’s 34-year history.
And yet it wasn’t the worst quarter of the Heat against the Celtics this season. It came in the second period with nine points, when Boston lost in November with 17 points.
2. Stay alive: Against the backdrop of all that horror, Aladip opened 3 of 3 off the field, 2 of 2 three-pointers and 5 of 6 off the line, at the time getting 13 of Heath’s first 18 points.
Oladipo was effectively given over to Erro’s role as the main scorer and facilitator.
If nothing else, it was a kind of showcase for a future free agent.
He scored 18 of 33 points for Heath during the break, and was the only Heath player other than Butler to make more than one shot before the intermission.
3. Set of points: Unlike Oladip’s killing in the first half, Tatum’s early attempt contributed to something significant, up to 24 points at the break when the Celtics led 57-33.
It was an aggressive Tatum from the start, 12 of 14 off the line at the break, the Heat stage had 6 of 9 free throws.
It was the third time in four games of the series that Tatum had scored 20 or more in the first half.
4. The hero of prudence: The Heat made the call early, straining Hera’s groin.
At the morning shooting at TD Garden Spoelstra said it was a matter of protecting the Hero from the instinct to break through.
“We just had to be really responsible and make the decision out of his hands,” Spoelstra said, and team doctor Harlan Selesnik consulted with Herro before Spoelstra approached the media. “He really wants to be there.
“Coaches and Dr. Selesnik don’t think it’s the best idea because of the intensity and everything else. But let’s see. He is young. We will treat him day by day and see what happens from there. “
5. Reasonable choice: On the contrary, the Celtics waited about 90 minutes before announcing that Smart had dropped out, unable to contain the swelling around his ankle sprain, which briefly took him out of the game 3.
This led to Derrick White starting for the second time in the series, after replacing Smart in Boston’s loss in the first game when Smart came out of a mid-foot sprain.
White, who missed out on winning the 2nd game of Boston due to the birth of a son, immediately came out and scored the first seven points of the game, to 11 at the break.