The Eastern Conference Finals have shifted to Game 7 to decide the victor who would move on to the NBA Finals. With homecourt advantage, the Miami Heat aim to take on the helm to lead their team to victory. While the Boston Celtics look to erase their 12 years of not appearing in the Finals with their best performance against the Heat.
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.
With the opening tip announcing the start of a tumultuous Conference Finals, the Celtics came in like a hurricane as they went on a 9-1 run early on the game. The Miami Heat cut the streak off but that was still not enough as the Celtics held the momentum in the 1st quarter.
The Celtics moved the ball around well with Jayson Tatum being the main go to guy in the offensive end. Surely he missed his shots but he fearlessly still shot the ball. Because of Tatum, the Celtics rallied with him and they went on to extend the lead in the 1st quarter itself.
In the 2nd quarter however, Jimmy Butler took on the role of the primary scorer as he went on the complete offensive. The Celtics weren’t able to guard against Butler’s onslaught plus it earned him a lot of free throws as he attacked the rim. The Celtics were able to rack up some points due to Jaylen Brown’s efforts but the Heat had cut down the lead. Yet the Celtics had the upper and in the 1st half with a lead of 55-49.
After the 3rd quarter started, the game became a fistfight between the 2 teams. It was the showdown between Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown versus Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Both duos carried there team and went on the complete offensive.
The 4th quarter was a slugfest as the defensive efforts from both teams were earning them stripes to be considered as legends in the game. Jayson Tatum was taking his risks with his shots yet his ability to make it in the clutch has helped him get in the ranks of the elite.
The Boston Celtics were leading under 10 seconds remaining and then Jimmy Butler had the chance to take the lead in the game. He went ahead with the ball and attempted the shot but sadly he missed the mark altogether. The Celtics took possession of the ball and had to be fouled. Marcus Smart made both of his free throws which put the Celtics up by 4. The Heat had no time and fell in their own homecourt.
Jimmy Butler led both teams in scoring as he put up 35 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Bam Adebayo showed up with a double-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Kyle Lowry put his championship experience and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Jaylen Brown supported Tatum by putting up 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Marcus Smart was the difference maker for the Celtics as he put up 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
The Celtics move on to the Finals
The Boston Celtics have come out as victors in the game with a scoreline of 100-96. They are now in the NBA Finals after 12 years of absence. This will surely bring joy to Bill Russell who is on his last breaths. Who knows he might get the opportunity to present the NBA Finals Award which is named after him to a Celtics’ player.
They have won the Eastern Conference Finals Trophy which has been renamed to Bob Cousy Eastern Conference Finals Trophy. The First Ever Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP has been bagged by none other than Jayson Tatum who wore Kobe’s armband as tribute to the Black Mamba.
Lessons for the Miami Heat
For the Miami Heat this is the end of their journey. They have defied odds in the playoffs and have proved that they are not fake like the Atlanta Hawks of 2015. They will have time to look upon their 2022 playoff run, make an assessment and come back next year to win it all the way.