The Boston Celtics Are One Game Away From The NBA Finals!!

The Boston Celtics Are One Game Away From The NBA Finals!

The Eastern Conference Finals is getting heated up with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat tied at 2-2. With the game in Miami, the Heat aim to take a lead in the series which would give them an advantage heading on the TD Garden. On the flip side, if the Celtics claim the victory, then they will be having a higher chance of closing the series out at their home court.

The Miami Heat went with their starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker and Bam Adebayo. The Boston Celtics started with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Celtics started the scoring in the game with Robert Williams putting back a missed shot. The Celtics then proceeded to go on a 7-2 run before the Heat broke the streak. Nonetheless the game was a slugfest as both teams focused their energy on the defensive side of the court.

While Miami scored most of their points by gathering offensive rebounds, the Celtics were making their shots. Shots were getting contested, the ball was getting stolen and most of all both teams were unable to finish their plays right.

The 2nd quarter was a continuation of the first quarter as both teams continued to struggle to shoot the ball. Tatum, Brown, Butler, Adebayo, none of them were able to get their shots to fall. The role players were shooting but they needed their ace to step up as well. Regardless, the Miami Heat took the lead in the first half with a score of 42-37.

As the 3rd quarter started, the atmosphere within the Celtics changed as they went on an attack. They reduced the number of 3-pointers they were taking and they focused on making quality jump shots and attacking the rim. Jayson Tatum stepped up as he went on the attack and he rallied the team to him.

The Miami heat on the flip side looked frazzled as they started to take a high volume of 3-point shots. Thanks to their offensive rebounding, they got second opportunities and made their shots. Yet they continued to take 3-point shots which resulted in the lead growing to the Celtics favor.

In the final quarter, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum continued their attack in an attempt to finish the game. The Heat’s defense could not stop the duo and their offense found no spark. The Celtics continued to attack and the Heat silently took the beating as the final buzzer sounded.

Box Score

None of the Heat players performed up to par. Bam Adebayo led in scoring with a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a block. Gabe Vincent came off the bench to put up 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Jimmy Butler was next in line as he put up 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block on 20% shooting from the field.

Jaylen Brown led both teams in scoring with 25 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Jayson Tatum followed him up with a near triple-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. But he did have 5 turnovers which he needs to work upon. Al Horford did a little bit of everything as he put up 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 2 blocks.

Takeaways from Game 5

Boston Celtics claimed Game 5 of the series with a score line of 93-80. They now have a commanding 3-2 lead in the series. With Game 6 in the TD Garden, it puts them in a position to close out the series in the next game itself and head for their first Finals appearance since 2010.

The Miami Heat have a lot to strategize before heading into Game 6. Tyler Herro’s groin injury could not have come at a worse time as the Heat needs his scoring off the bench. Jimmy Butler seems out of it in the past 2 games and he needs to snap out of it. This is the deciding moment for the Heat as one loss means they are out of the Playoffs.

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