How wonderful! Euphoria in Game 2 When they tied in Miami (127-102), the Celtics came down from their little cloud to mark their return to TD Garden, and in particular lived a first-half nightmare by counting 26 points apart. Finally lose 109-103.
What scenario will be able to face this 4 game? As expected, it was Boston’s turn to dominate the match, and as in the last two games, it was an opportunity for an impressive show of strength!
The locals took the match at the right end, between Derek White’s brilliance hits, Robert Williams’ third impact on both sides of the floor and Jason Tatum’s mastery.
Gently with his right shoulder, JT still made a big alley to validate his team’s perfect start, while the score was 16-1! The Heat apparently hit rock bottom by missing their first 14 attempts of the game and then trailing 29-11 after 12 minutes with three pointers from Payton Pritchard and three shots from Jason Tatum.
Jaylen Brown and Grant Williams from distance pinned a Tatum-Williams III pair in order to drive the point home before the break, despite all of Victor Oladipo’s efforts (18 of his 23 points), paired up at the end of the first half. 3-point span from Kyle Lowry and 2+1 from Bam Adebayo, third foul.
At -24 in the first half (57-33), the Floridians had a good overview in the game preceding the recipe to recover from a poor first half. Except that unlike the Celtics in Game 3, the Heat didn’t have a proud reaction, choosing reason and wisdom in order to keep their strengths for Game 5 at the American Airlines Arena.
The recovery was already marked by the defensive effect of the third Horford Williams and the accuracy of the attacks concluded by “Jay”, Tatum and Brown (73-42). At +24 12 minutes left after Jayson Tatum’s 3-pointer, Boston was able to wrap up unscathed to win 102-82 while TD Garden blazed to the finish, 3-point block and Al Horford and Payton Baskets Pritchard. See you tomorrow in Miami for the rest!
What to remember
– Date. History to gauge the extent of the first quarter disaster: The Heat, in their playoff history, have scored very little in the first 12 minutes of the game with 11 small points, at 3/20 on the shot! The match couldn’t have started any worse for Erik Spoelstra’s men who attacked with a 0/14 shot until Victor Oladipo stopped the bleeding. It’s already too late…
– stubborn defense. Florida residents felt like returning to play Robert Williams III. Banned from Game 3 due to knee pain, the Celtics pivot was an imperial hub with his deterrent power and counters, not to mention his contribution to attacking to the finish. At his side, he was also able to count on Al Horford’s career, which is also very valuable in the domestic defensive project, to get rid of all the balls, to make his presence felt in the opposing interiors and to swallow rebounds. A real demolition that worked perfectly in Boston. Miami were at 52 points after three quarters, and all without Marcus Smart, the season’s best defender, injured an ankle.
✅ Jason Tatum. The Celtics star had a nightmare in the first half of Game Three. He even injured his shoulder, and rigged him off the bench since his first out of the game, redeeming the winger himself by picking up 12 points in the first quarter and 12 points. Again in a second, delicious dishes are peppered with it. He stayed on the track afterwards without forcing too much.
✅ Alhorford. Zero points were scored in the game before the start of the fourth quarter, but it had a massive impact with every action translated with 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks. “Big Al” from the big nights, until the end of the game!
✅ Victor Oladipo. The only Miami player to play his match. As expected, the linebacker took advantage of Tyler Hero’s absence to prove he was doing well and back on the right track.
⛔ Jimmy Butler. In a tough entry, he forced the leader of The Heat a bit, and it didn’t really work out for him.
⛔ Miami players. They are the ones who can shake up a reluctant match. However, during this match where nothing worked in the Heat, they were the ones who put pressure on Florida, between Max Strus’s 0/7 shot or PJ Tucker’s 0/4 not to mention a fresh performance without a break from Kyle Lowry, still far from the best. His level tonight (1/6).
Back to Miami on Wednesday for Game Five, which begins at 2:30 a.m.