Boston resists Jimmy Butler and joins Golden State in the finals!

they did it ! Away from their rules, the Celtics snatched this 7 away game, with a good start and resisting the best pressure they could from Miami, until the last minute. It was a hair’s breadth, but Boston would find the NBA Finals fine. It will be against the Warriors!

As their coach had hoped, the Celtics got off to their best start, thanks to a great defense and strong transitional game, amplified by a three-pointer from Marcus Smart (1-9). With 3 throws by Jason Tatum and Al Horford, 2 + 1 followed by two consecutive baskets of Grant Williams quickly consolidated the difference in favor of Boston (9-24).

Still at +15 after 12 minutes (17-32), with 13 points in transition, C knew what awaited them next and did their best to resist for as long as possible. The Green House was shaken hard by a tandem butler – Adebayo who revolted by tearing himself up, with 2+1 blows.

The duo struggled to keep the hosts alive, and late-breaking shots from Max Strauss and Kyle Lowry kept the Floridians’ shots alive at the break (49-55).

Pam Adebayo put a big punch on Boston after returning from the locker room by cutting his side to -4 (51-55). But Ime Udoka’s men held on, this time with Marcus Smart having a big night of rebooting the machine, particularly with his 2 out of 3 throws suggesting that nothing could happen to the Celtics in this match (58-72).

It was too bad knowing the strength of Miami’s character! Kyle Lowry led the way with a 3 and a 2+1 get-up at the American Airlines Arena, while dunk Jimmy Butler increased the pressure to finish the third quarter (75-82).

The group imploded forever when Miami started the last chapter with an alley between Gabe Vincent and Pam Adebayo and then when Jimmy Butler slipped to score in a rat hole near the circle (79-82).

Once again, C found the resources to rebuild a gap, through 8-0 closed by Marcus Smart (79-90). Jayson Tatum brought back two important baskets to keep the gap for as long as possible, but the Heat would have believed until the end, thanks to an 11-0 response that changed almost everything. With about twenty seconds in play, and two points on the scoreboard (96-98), Jimmy Butler attempted a poker trick using a three pointer in a quick game, against Al Horford who was waiting in the circle. A missed shot allowed the Celtics to check their free throw success. Thus, joining the finals for the first time since 2010. With the possibility of winning the 18th flag for the club in the event of success against the Golden State …

What to remember

The wounded who had their teeth left. Even if they’re not at 100%, the contribution of Robert Williams III and especially Marcus Smart would tip the scales in favor of the Celtics while on the other side, Tyler Hero (thigh) was clearly not ready to make a comeback. The sixth best man of the season tried to be aggressive, but his seven on the ground ensured that he wasn’t in good enough physical shape to weigh in.

– Everything fails at Jimmy Butler. 18 seconds left, when the Bostonians could no longer put one foot in front of the other and the locals were in full trance, Jimmy Butler got the rebound and climbed onto the field. The score was 98-96 in favor of the Celtics. Jimmy Butler then makes the decision to shoot three throws in the first intent, as he did in a similar (successful) action in the first inning. Except that this time the ball didn’t cross the string and that choice really speaks volumes…

Max Strauss heels. During the match, Max Strauss is seen pulling a basket with three throws. The jury reviewed the procedure and he ended up erasing his three-pointers, believing that Back had circled the line with his heel just before the shot. From 57-66, the score then went back to 54-66, for a basket that could have changed everything in the end!

tops/swings

Jason Tatum. With Kobe Bryant’s “badge,” he took two particularly important shots to keep the gap wide enough in the “money time” that the Heat went too far. For the rest, focus on doing the correct readings on the double and assisting hand passes.

Jimmy Butler. From the almost perfect shot to this last one that could have changed everything, and that will inevitably be at the center of the discussions. But if the Heat are still in a position to win at this point in the game, it is due above all to him and his aggressiveness during the remainder of the match.

✅ ⛔ Marcus Smart. The X factor of the match, which sets the entry tone. His stubbornness in wanting to score the basket that kills could have been very expensive…

Heat ejectors. With Tyler Hero injured, and such a stifling defense from Boston, the limits of Miami’s attack were finally hampered. 6/30 of 3 throws still hurts a lot, especially 1/6 of Kyle Lowry or 1/7 of Victor Oladipo in practice.

the following

The Boston Finals begin, Thursday at Golden State grounds, the Miami holidays.

the heat / 96 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
PJ Tucker 17 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 4 4 0 1 0 2 1 -16 0 0
J. Butler 48 13/24 1/4 8/11 1 8 9 1 2 1 1 0 -4 35 31
B- Adebayo 46 12/21 0/0 1/3 4 7 11 4 4 0 0 0 -8 25 29
K lor 39 4/12 1/6 6/9 1 6 7 3 3 2 2 1 -2 15th 15th
Mr. Strauss 35 3/10 2/7 0/0 1 7 8 3 4 1 2 2 +4 8 13
J Vincent 15th 1/4 1/3 1/1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 -10 4 1
T hero 7 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Fifthly Oladipo 33 4/12 1/7 0/0 0 5 5 3 2 0 0 0 +16 9 9
sum 37/88 6/30 16/24 7 37 44 16 18 4 8 5 96
Celtics / 100 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
J. Tatum 46 9/21 4/7 4/5 2 8 10 6 4 1 2 2 +7 26 30
A Horford 44 2/9 1/6 0/0 2 12 14 3 4 1 0 2 +10 5 18
R Williams III 15th 0/2 0/0 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 0 +5 2 3
Mr. Smart 41 8/22 3/10 5/6 0 9 9 5 4 2 1 0 +2 24 24
J Brown 44 8/15 1/5 7/8 1 5 6 6 5 0 4 0 +8 24 24
J. Williams 30 5/8 0/1 1/3 3 3 6 0 3 0 2 1 -1 11 11
white d 19 3/8 2/3 0/0 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 1 -8 8 5
P. Pritchard 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -3 0 0
sum 35/85 11/32 19/24 10 41 51 22 26 4 13 6 100

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