The Boston Celtics dominated Game 5 of the NBA Conference Finals beat the Miami Heat 110-97 from start to finish to take Game 6. This season, the Celtics are 4-0 in games in which they face elimination.
The formula for those led by Joe Mazzulla was the same as in Game 4: strong defense and more hits on three shots.. Boston held Miami to just nine 3-pointers, caused 16 turnovers and blocked four shots. On offense, the Celtics made 16 points and 12 of their 37 rebounds.
Jayson Tatum’s rare triple double (21 pts, 8 rbs and 11 ast) and both Marcus Smart (23 pts, 4 3P-FGs) and Derrick White (24 pts and 6 3P-FGs) had their best scoring performances in the ECF. Jaylen Brown wasn’t far behind, adding 21 points with an excellent combination of outside shots and baskets near the rim.
Everything shows that Malcolm Brogdon’s right elbow injury worsens. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year was only on the court at TD Garden at 7:55 minutes and missed both shots. This prompted Joe Mazzulla to play Payton Pritchard to give Smart a breather in the final minutes of the third period.
Gabe Vincent’s absence was heavy
The absence of Gabe Vincent in Miami. Eric Spoelstra had to use it Kyle Lowry as starter and owner only five units and four turnovers. In addition, he had to expand the rotation and extended minutes to Haywood Highsmith, who added 15 points and had both Tatum and Brown to defend for extended stretches. .
nor Jimmy Butler (14 pts, 5 rbs and 5 ast) and neither Bam Adebayo (16 pts and 8 rbs), manage to overcome the 20 point barrier. Backs Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson responded on offense with 14 and 18 points respectively.
When is Game 6 Celtics vs Heat?
Game 6 of the series between Boston Celtics and Miami will be on May 27th. at the Kaseya Center. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 am