The Celtics Gives The Heat A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

The Celtics Gives The Heat A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

The Miami Heat has settled Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. They now welcome the Boston Celtics in their home territory for Game 2. The Heat will be looking to extend their lead given the advantage. However, if the Celtics were to tie the series, they will be heading to the Boston TD Garden for Games 3 and 4 which will be a huge advantage for the Celtics in the series.

The Miami Heat went with their starting lineup of Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder 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 Miami Heat controlled possession of the ball and immediately went for a 3-pointer from PJ Tucker. The Celtics were quick to respond with a 3-pointer of their own. The Heat had their defense set up just like in Game 1 with their primary focus on Jayson Tatum.

That came back to haunt them as Jaylen Brown led the charge for the Celtics and took care of most of the scoring for the Celtics. Grant Williams did not shy away from the challenge and he even poured in the offensive end. Jimmy Butler led the Miami offense but it was nowhere near the level at which the Celtics were playing as they widened the score gap to 10 points in the 1st quarter itself.

In the 2nd quarter, the Heat’s defense collapsed as Jayson Tatum went to work on the offensive end. He was shooting extremely well and was making from all over the court. The Heat’s defense could not stop the Celtics offense at all. On top of that they were missing their shots on the other end of the floor as the Celtics defense was contesting every shot that the Heat were taking. Ultimately they secured a huge lead in the 1st half with a score of 70-45.

In the 3rd quarter, Jimmy Butler took it upon himself to get their offense going and he did it by attacking the rim and drawing a lot of fouls. He restricted himself from taking 3-point shots as he was surrounded by shooters. But that did not work out well for the Heat as their shooters were lagging behind. Even Bam Adebayo could not take advantage in the paint area and Butler was left to handle the fort alone.

Marcus Smart stepped up for the Celtics as he showcased his limited but effective offense, shooting the 3-pointer really well. His work on the defensive end has helped the Celtics contain Butler to a certain extent which they were unable to do in Game 1.

In the final quarter, Victor Oladipo made a last effort in cutting the lead but it did not work as the Celtics were having a really good shooting night. It seemed like the Celtics were making everything and nothing can stop them from having a bad night. The lead was intact until the referee sounded the final buzzer.

Box Score

Jimmy Butler led the Heat on the offensive end, putting up 29 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladipo followed Butler up with 14 points each. Tyler Herro had a bit of a slump shooting wise as he put up 11 points.

For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum led them in scoring with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Jaylen Brown was second-in command putting up 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Marcus Smart was the difference maker in this game as he put up a near triple-double of 24 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and a block.

Takeaways from Game 2

The Boston Celtics blew the Miami Heat out of their own homecourt with a scoreline of 127-102. They have successfully tied the series at 1-1 and will now be aiming to win both of their home games. The Heat need a spark from some other player besides Jimmy Butler. Butler has been performing at a high level but he needs help. If the Heat do not counteract this problem then they will end up losing the series.

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