Jimmy Butler (41 points!) perfectly leads Miami against Boston

No time to hang out with the Celtics, on deck Sunday night for their match 7 against the Bucks who were already fighting against the Heat two days later.

Outside, with a superb Jason Tatum (21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists before the break), things went very well at the start for Boston, who made an excellent first period, to settle comfortably and logically in control (62-54). The return from the locker room, however, was bloody for Amy Odoka’s men, who were taken up in all divisions of the game by Miami, during the third quarter (39-14).

And it was the inevitable Jimmy Butler (17 points in the quarter and 27 in the second half) who played C’s enforcers. In a state of tenderness, the All-Star winger delivered an XXL performance on every side of the field, to finally finish this Game 1 with an incredible streak of stats: 41 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks! !! All in 12/19 in shots and 17/18 in free throws, in 41 minutes…

Enough for the Florida Series, still undefeated at home in this playoff, to dominate this series and quietly approach Game 2, scheduled for Thursday night.

What to remember

third quarter one sided. What an incredible transformation. Leading 62-54 at the break, the Celtics collapsed on their return from the locker room, conceding…39-14 in twelve minutes! Returning with better intentions, The Heat marched their visitors on either side of the ground, inflicting a 22-2 “run” on them and limiting them to 0 baskets for…seven minutes! Carried by Jimmy Butler, Gabe Vincent and Pam Adebayo, Miami is the exact opposite, with counters, interceptions and baskets piling up, from far or near. Without envy, Boston lost its foothold and was unable to retreat.

Jimmy Butler on a mission. ‘Bubble’ or not ‘bubble’, the All-Star Suite is part of a very large category, able to sublimate at large meetings. You only have to watch his performance tonight to be convinced. Present everywhere, in scoring, in defense, in creativity or in rebounding, he cited any of his face in every aspect of the field. Le genre de prestation qui marque les esprits, et dont on retiendra surtout son très gros troisième quart-temps (17 points), qui a permis à Miami de renverser le Game 1. En pleine confiance, « Jimmy Buckets » est un vrai plaisir pour eyes.

Two-faced Jason Tatum. Statistically, the All-Star winger clearly did the job (29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals). The problem is that he collected three-quarters of his stats before the break and was gone when he came back from the locker room. In the photo, finally, almost all of his team. Brilliant in the first half, he nicely alternated between scoring and distributing, while aggressively towards the circuit, then died. Without energy and unable to cool down the game, he accumulated stupid and avoidable ball losses (7 in total!), and revived Miami, which was thus able to spread its game in transition.

Absences. Kyle Lowry on one hand, but also (and above all) Marcus Smart and Al Horford on the other. Neither team finished in Game 1, between Lowry’s hamstring problems in Miami, and foot problems or Covid-19 for Smart and Hurford in Boston. That didn’t stop the Heat and Celtics from putting on a show for the FTX Arena crowd, but it would be nice to see the two best teams in the Eastern Conference challenge each other in this conference’s final. Which shouldn’t be the case during Game 2 either…

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Gabe Vincent. If Miami has yet to lose a single game without Kyle Lowery in this playoff campaign, it is in particular because Vincent is acting so perfectly in the Florida backlines. A real energy ball, willing to throw himself on all the balls and give his body to the flag, for the benefit of his team, he is also able to do a lot of damage in attack, with the quality of his shot. Watched 17 points planted last night (5/10 on shots, including 3/7 from long distance), which mainly came after the break, to take out the Celtics when they were on hard and on the ropes.

Robert Williams. Back in the five, “Time Lord” did not miss his reunion with the competition. The author of a very good first half, in the absence of Al Horford, collected 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes (6/8 on shots and 6/7 on free throws). His size and physical strength initially caused Pam Adebayo and Hit pain, as they were unable to slow him down or prevent Jason Tatum and others from serving him under the circle. Following their pivot, the Celts also slashed the heat into the coating, before breaking (42 points!). Until this fails and the eventual fatal return from the locker room…

Tyler Hero. In the difficult circumstances thus far, the sixth man of 2022 could have started his qualifying campaign with this first game. After he appeared on the bench, he was the one who allowed the Heat not to be late for the scoreboard. first half. Aggressive and inspired by scoring, especially when it was necessary to push the ball on the counterattack or strike back at Arabesque Jason Tatum, Hero (18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists) made one of his best games of the spring. It’s up to him to repeat such a performance on Thursday night, during Game Two.

Payton Pritchard. Pritchard excels in this role of second quarterback who must be ready to draw as soon as he receives the ball and has little space in front of him. In any case, much more than Dennis Schroeder, who for a long time called for this job before leaving Massachusetts. And Brad Stevens was right to make room for his pocket “combo-guard”, author of 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in this 1 game. Without Marcus Smart, he spent 30 minutes on the ground and, despite his revealing volume in defense, made an impression. Strong in attack, he plays with confidence, especially thanks to the quality of his shot.

Jaylyn Brown. His few successful 3-point dynasties in the last chapter, when the gap was already big, shouldn’t hide the fact that the All-Star butt didn’t rank tonight. Because, even if he finished with 24 points (and 10 rebounds) on the clock, he holed up for three quarters. Between poor choices with the ball, forced shots and a lack of aggressiveness, he didn’t act like Lieutenant Jason Tatum that he was supposed to be. In difficulty, we expect from him more regularity and above all a face similar to the one shown in the last twelve minutes of the meeting.

Miami and protect its paint. Before everything was unraveled after the break, the Heat struggled for a long time. It is clear something that Eric Spoelstra will not fail to remind his players, because their first period was not at the level of the contender in the finals. Especially in terms of defending their homeland, because Boston has long enjoyed the Florida paddle. Pam Adebayo was regularly dispatched by him in exchange, Miami took the water near the circle, to the point of giving up 42 units in this area of ​​the field. Alert without gravity, but alert every breath.

the following

2 . gameand remains in Miami Thursday night through Friday (2:30).

the heat / 118 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
PJ Tucker 31 2/5 1/3 0/2 0 6 6 3 4 1 1 0 +12 5 9
J. Butler 41 12/19 0/2 17/18 5 4 9 5 3 4 2 3 +25 41 52
B- Adebayo 37 3/4 0/0 4/5 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 4 -5 10 15th
J Vincent 34 5/10 3/7 4/4 0 2 2 3 4 0 1 3 +23 17 19
Mr. Strauss 30 4/9 3/8 0/0 1 3 4 2 3 2 1 0 -12 11 13
C Martin 13 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 5 4
Dr. Didmon 11 2/5 0/1 2/2 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 1 +16 6 8
T hero 27 7/15 1/5 3/3 1 7 8 3 1 1 4 0 +5 18 18
Fifthly Oladipo 15th 2/9 1/2 0/0 0 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 -6 5 2
sum 39/80 10/30 30/34 9 30 39 18 24 10 12 12 118
Celtics / 107 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
J. Williams 35 2/5 1/2 2/2 0 1 1 2 5 1 2 0 -14 7 6
J. Tatum 44 10/21 2/9 7/9 1 7 8 6 1 4 7 1 -8 29 28
R Williams III 28 6/8 0/0 6/7 2 7 9 1 3 0 1 2 +5 18 26
Dr.. white 29 1/4 0/1 1/2 0 0 0 4 4 0 2 1 -11 3 2
J Brown 43 7/17 4/8 6/10 2 8 10 3 3 1 2 0 -10 24 22
a 11 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 3 0 0 1
Dr.. This 20 4/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 1 -16 8 14
P. Pritchard 30 6/16 11/4 2/2 1 4 5 4 2 1 1 0 -1 18 17
sum 36/79 11/34 24/32 8 30 38 22 23 8 16 8 107

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