As for Game 2, the heat starts off strong. But while Eric Spoelstra’s men quickly collapsed after a few minutes during the previous meeting, this time they held on to the accelerator (16/25).
For once in this 2022 playoffs, it’s not Jimmy Butler who leads the attack in Miami: Pam Adebayo, with 12 points, is the standout. The Celtics are very difficult to attack, 8/25 shots with 5 shots to lose 3 assists, and they are already 21 points behind after the first twelve minutes (39-18)!
The second part of the first period smiled a little more at the locals, who finally found some consistency in attack (10/17), under the impetus of Jalen Brown and Al Horford (15 and 12 points). It’s the opposite for the Heat that loses Pushing force In the first quarter (26/10). A welcome respite for Ime Udoka’s men, who finally managed to limit the damage back to “only” -15 in the first half (62-47). An interesting scenario for them, given that the maximum difference has increased to +26.
After the break, the Heat will miss Jimmy Butler. The winger, who is embarrassed by his right knee, is still in the locker room. It wasn’t enough to harass the visitors initially, who remained in control through the third quarter (87-72), still following a very good performance by Pam Adebayo. However, in the last chapter, Hit was afraid.
Because the Celtics are gradually returning to their prime, thanks to an attack that turns well. After 3 pointers of very good Jaylen Brown, here’s Boston at -1 (93-92) four minutes from the end! But the heat doesn’t let itself be overwhelmed by the pressures, while the TD Garden makes a noise. By tightening the noose around in defense, and taking advantage of two lost consecutive balls from the Celtics, the Florida team gets some fresh air.
Then in an acrobatic shot, the indefatigable Pam Adebayo eliminated his team once and for all (109-103). The Heat achieve a valuable home victory and regain the field advantage, two days after being slapped at home.
What to remember
– No Jimmy Butler in the second half. The winger did not return from the locker room after the first half. The Heat reported inflammation in his right knee. According to Yahoo SportsHis presence in Game 4 should not be compromised. He finished this second game of the series with 8 points at 3/8, in 19 minutes.
– Kill the Celtics with ball losses. He’s the star that hurts: The Celtics lost 23 balls…and made 22 assists. Worse yet: Those 23-ball losses, including 13 for the brown-tatum duo, led to 33 points for the Heat’s transition game! When the final gap is 6 points, it’s enough to bite off your fingers… The Celtics will have to take more care of the skin in Game 4.
✅ Pam Adebayo. Great performance from the hub who doubled down on Jimmy Butler’s absence after the break. He used both as the first offensive choice as the main ball carrier in the half field, and he did a hell of a job: 31 points (15/22), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. During the first two games of the series, he scored only 16 points in total!
✅ Jaylyn Brown. He would have been the best player in the game if Boston had won. While the other “Jay” was in trouble, the No. 7 Celtics upped his game and signed a game with 40 points, 14/20 and 9 rebounds. It’s hard, though, to miss 7 balls out of which two are very important in “money time”…
✅ Alhorford. Despite 35 years spent on the clock, the veteran spent 42 minutes on the field, which is the largest number of members of his team. The author of a beautiful double-double (20 points and 14 rebounds), he excelled in his usual role: great defense in “pick up and roll” and in the low corner, smart choices that make the game more flexible in attack.
⛔️ Jason Tatum. A sore evening for the C star who stops at 10 points at 3/14 with a 6 ball loss. A 3 game to forget, to bounce back better in the next game.
⛔️ Tyler Hero. The Sixth man of the year He doesn’t play his best basketball during this series (and during the playoffs in general). Not too inspired despite the nice amount of ammo (4/15, 0/6 on 3 throws), he only spent 20 minutes on the field, watching Money Time from the bench.
Fourth game: In Boston, Monday through Tuesday nights, 2:30 a.m.