“I think we’re in really, really, really good shape, you know, mentally. Whenever you’re not tired physically, you can concentrate. You can remember plays. You can do this and you can do that. We pride ourselves on that, and I think as of late, we have been playing great basketball.”
The Celtics in all probability don’t have to return to the drafting board to win this sequence. Gordon Hayward, who has been out for the previous month with a sprained ankle, is predicted to return quickly. Tatum had 30 factors and grabbed 14 rebounds. Marcus Smart continued his sizzling capturing, scoring 26 factors on 18 photographs. Boston even bought surprising contributions from the bench: Backup level guard Brad Wanamaker had 11 factors, 6 assists and 5 steals.
But Boston had one huge downside: Kemba Walker — the Celtics’ marquee acquisition final summer time — had his third straight poor sport. On Tuesday, he shot 6 for 19 from the area and just one for 9 from the perimeter. He must be feasting on the Miami backcourt, however as an alternative he was routinely flustered by the Heat’s aggressive trapping, which prolonged to half-court. He usually regarded misplaced on offense.
Great gamers have dangerous video games in the playoffs. It’s a testomony to the Celtics that they’ve received or nearly received their final three video games, regardless of Walker’s struggles. But towards a crew like Miami — which searches out flaws and exploits them with pinpoint precision — Boston goes to want Walker to offer extra, particularly with Hayward’s bodily conditioning unsure.
Even although Adebayo’s block was only one play, it was emblematic of the Heat’s crew identification. Even when the odds aren’t of their favor, even once they appear outmatched — don’t be stunned if you search for at the scoreboard and see them as the victors.