Sport Boston Celtics' keys for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals
Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. © APWF Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court - as well as their cool in the postgame locker room - the unheralded Heat are two wins away from the NBA Finals.
The Boston Celtics will take the floor for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals hoping to avoid a three-game deficit. After leading by 17 points in the first half,sent the Celtics back to the drawing board heading into a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday night.
After an, it will be important for the Celtics to collect themselves before a must-win game. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit. Quite simply, Boston’s season and its title hopes are on the line.
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Despite being upset, James also acknowledged that Giannis Antetokounmpo deserved the NBA MVP..James had 15 points and 12 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-114 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He learned earlier in the day that he finished second in the NBA MVP vote behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks star got 85 first-place votes, while James received 16.
Here are three things to watch for Saturday night as the Celtics take on the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Can the Celtics contain the Heat’s second punch?
The result of this series will depend on if the Celtics can contain the inevitable second punch from Miami. Boston held a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter of Game 1, only to lose in overtime. In Game 2, they led by 17 in the first half before being outscored by 20 in the third quarter.
Miami started slow in both games during the series, something that wasn’t the case in the Eastern Conference semifinals versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Teams cannot let the Heat stick around, because this a resilient group that keeps fighting. The Celtics scored only 41 points in the second half of Game 2, which is a recipe for disaster.
Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals. This time, they also found a way to finish the job.And just like that, the East title series got a whole lot closer.Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Kemba Walker added 21 to help Boston pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. © APWF Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.
With the most important game of series upon them, the Celtics must protect their leads in crunch time.
Will Duncan Robinson return to his old form?
Game 2 represented the resurgence of Duncan Robinson. After scoring fewer than 10 points in five of his last eight games, Robinson erupted for 18 points, going 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. It was his first game with at least five three-point makes since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
During the regular season, Robinson was lights-out almost every night. The NBA Playoffs have been a different story. He has struggled with foul trouble early in games, which has taken away his opportunity to get hot. The most important thing for the Heat will be to get Robinson going right away and for him to avoid unnecessary fouls.
The second-year forward out of Michigan has shown he can light up the floor at any time. If Robinson can start clicking off consistent games, it will be a bad sight for teams in the future.
LeBron James explains how Anthony Davis' unibrow is key to their relationship
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have successfully teamed up this season and have the Lakers a win away from the NBA Finals. The two have nice on-court chemistry and even have a funny indicator that is critical to their relationship. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports James shared after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday how he uses Davis’ unibrow to gauge whether to talk with the big man. James shared after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday how he uses Davis’ unibrow to gauge whether to talk with the big man. “See how low his brow is.
Does Kemba Walker continue off his Game 2 performance?
Kemba Walker made his presence known in Game 2 with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Coming off a disappointing performance in Game 1, below his standards of play, Boston’s star guard went 9-of-19 from the field.
Right off the bat, Walker showed Miami it couldn’t contain him for the whole series. Toronto did a good job of containing Walker in a box-and-one set during the Eastern Conference semifinals. Although, Miami used its 2-3 zone defense to counter the Celtics and Walker in the third quarter, when they were outscored by 20 points.
If the Celtics can find a way to counterattack Miami’s zone defense in Game 3, it should help them maintain their lead if they were to gain one. Saturday night will represent the most important game of Walker’s career yet. He has to show up and lead Boston to a win.
Eastern Conference Finals schedule and results
Game 1: Heat 117, Celtics 114 (F/OT)
Game 2: Heat 106, Celtics 101 (F)
Game 3: Saturday, September 19, 2020, 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Dwyane Wade answers million-dollar question about NBA Finals
Wade spent 15 of his 17 NBA seasons playing for the Heat. But one of his best friends, LeBron James, plays for the Lakers.So who is Wade rooting for? Magic Johnson asked that question, and Wade answered. He says either way he will be happy with the outcome, but he is going pulling for the Heat. We call this a win/win but it’s #HeatNation over here! https://t.co/8ZfvEZurBR — DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 28, 2020 That’s how it should be.Wade is revered as a franchise icon and continues to have deep ties to the organization, its owners, members, and players.
Game 4: Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
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Reeling after losing their Game 5 matchup against the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat needed a win Sunday evening in Orlando to avoid a Game 7. That’s exactly what we saw come to fruition. OFF TO THE NBA FINALS pic.twitter.com/kcQ6OrC9xm— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 28, 2020 Miami Heat clinch spot in NBA FinalsAll-Star big man Bam Adebayo dropped 32 points in Miami’s decisive 125-113 win over Boston Sunday evening. This followed some major struggles from the youngster during Game 5 on Friday. Meanwhile, stud rookie Tyler Herro did his thing with 19 points to go with five rebounds and seven assists off the bench.
Game 5*: Friday, September 25, 2020, 8:30 p.m. EST (EPSN)
Game 6*: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Game 7*: TBD
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Coverage of tonight’s Heat and Celtics game starts at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.
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