150 times in NBA history, a team has gone from three losses to a best-of-five series. In such a situation, you can only count on a miracle and most often (92) it ended with a 4-0 result. Only three teams managed a 3-3 draw and a seventh game, but a loss. None have won four times in a row and the result is 4-3.
The Heat in the series against the Celtics were better in three games and led after the first half of the fourth. They played at home and probably felt confident, but then they lost as much as 99:116. Clearly something has unlocked within the Celtics. Now in Boston, the hosts were definitely better from start to finish.
It started with a 35-20 first quarter win, and later the Celtics, playing with more determination and energy, had the game under control. Four players finished with at least 20 points – Derrick White (24), Marcus Smart (23), Jayson Tatum (21) and Jaylen Brown (21). Tatum also had 11 assists, and the entire team made 16 of 39 three-pointers, or 41%.
The Heat played without injured quarterback Gabe Vincent, who was replaced in the top five by veteran Kyle Lowry. And he did poorly – 5 points, 1 assist, 4 losses. Other starting players disappointed, including leaders Bam Adebayo (16 points) and Jimmy Butler (14). Duncan Robinson (18 and 9 assists) and Haywood Highsmith showed good performances. The latter had not scored a point earlier in the conference finals, and now 15.
“The last two games didn’t show who we are. We stopped playing defense because we weren’t making the shots we wanted. But that’s easy to fix. You just have to go out and play harder from the first move,” commented Butler.
The sixth match will take place on the night of Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27, Polish time in Miami. A possible seventh will be played two days later in Boston.-
The Western Conference Finals are over. The Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 and are waiting for an opponent in the league finals.
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