Haley McCormick – 23 Sports

Tuesday night the Miami Heat took on the Boston Celtics to start off the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics came right out taking it to the Heat, putting them down 13 in the first opening minutes of Game One. Miami made a comeback with Goran Dragic scoring 29 points, Jae Crowder with 22, Jimmy Butler with 18 and Bam Adebayo with 18. Down by 14 in the final quarter there wasn’t much hope, but the Heat came back taking the game to overtime after Butler’s drive to the basket getting fouled by Jayson Tatum. In the final seconds of the game, Boston put the ball in the hands of Tatum, but with a stellar defense stop by Adebayo, the Heat took the win, winning 117-114 putting them up in the series 1-0. 

Game Two, starting off the second quarter in a 17-point deficit and trailing by 13 at the half, the Heat managed to come back again and take another win 106-101 to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Key players like Dragic scored 25 points and Adebayo with a big third quarter finishing up with 21 points helped turn the game around for the Heat. A frustrated Celtics team blowing two leads in two games, Tatum states, “We’re frustrated, but that’s team sports. Not supposed to be happy, we’re down 0-2. But that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Just talking about the game. It’s cool.” 

Saturday night, the Celtics kept the series from going down 3-0 with a win in game three. Jaylen Brown put up 26 points, Tatum with 25 and Marcus Smart with 20 also going nine for nine from the line. The Celtics held Miami to a shooting percentage below 40 and had the advantage in the paint. The Celtics held a 60-36 advantage of points scored in the paint which ultimately made the difference in the 117-106 Celtics Victory. Game Four will take place in Miami Friday with a 7:30pm tipoff. 

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