The Celtics were able to hold off the Heat for the first half, but they felt the absence of their defensive anchors as the game wore on. After a big Game 1 from Jimmy Butler, a solid performance from Miami’s supporting cast should send them through.
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|Ime Udoka||Head Coach||Erik Spoelstra|
|51-31 (2nd in East)||Standing||53-29 (1st in East)|
|114.4 (7th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.7 (10th of 30)|
|106.9 (2nd of 30)||Def Rtg||109.1 (5th of 30)|
|96.6 (24th of 30)||Pace||95.9 (28th of 30)|
|J. Tatum (28.3)||PPG||J. Butler (29.8)|
|A. Horford (9.4)||RPG||J. Butler (7.7)|
|J. Tatum (6.1)||APG||J. Butler (5.4)|
|J. Tatum (1.5)||SPG||J. Butler (2.3)|
|R. Williams (1.4)||BPG||B. Adebayo (0.9)|
|D. Theis (.578)/J. Tatum (9.4)||FG%/FGM||B. Adebayo (.600)/J. Butler (10.5)|
|A. Horford (.451)/J. Tatum (3.4)||3P%/3PM||D. Robinson (.478)/M. Strus (3.0)|
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|Sam Hauser||Boston Celtics||08 May 2022||Out (Shoulder)||Hauser is expected to miss a few weeks.|
|Al Horford||Boston Celtics||17 May 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Horford has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Marcus Smart||Boston Celtics||18 May 2022||Day to Day (Foot)||Smart was OUT for Boston’s Tuesday (May 17) game.|
|Kyle Lowry||Miami Heat||13 May 2022||Day to Day (Hamstring)||Lowry was OUT for Miami’s Tuesday (May 17) game.|
The Boston Celtics did well for most of Game 1 against the Miami Heat. However it was their third quarter effort that turned the tables and put them down 0-1 in the series. To beat the Heat, Boston needs to be able to maintain their effort through all four quarters.
In the Celtics’ Game 1 loss, they were the stronger team through 3 of the 4 quarters. Unfortunately, their third quarter collapse was enough to send them packing. In the third, Boston shot just 13.3% from the field, missed all 7 of their three-point attempts, and turned the ball over 8 times.
The absence of Marcus Smart as a secondary ball handler really hurt the Celtics’ ability to control the game. If the Celtics want to level the series, they must control the pace of the game through all four quarters.
— NBA UK (@NBAUK) May 15, 2022
Boston Celtics big man Grant Williams was the star of Boston’s Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Celtics stars were in full effect in Game 1 against the Heat, Williams was a non-factor.
Williams posted just 7 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound against the Miami Heat in Boston’s Game 1 loss. Not only was he quiet on the offensive end, but he struggled to contain the size and athleticism of the Miami Heat players.
The Celtics need Williams to be a factor when he takes the court. Solid defensively and a sniper from three-point range, he is fully capable of being a threat on the offensive side of the ball. If he can get his shot going early, it’ll only open things up further for other Boston role players.
The Miami Heat came out the winner in Game 1 against Boston, but they didn’t look like the stronger team through the entire game. If the Heat want to take a 2-0 lead, they must get off to a stronger start on both ends of the court.
The Heat lost the first half of Game 1 to the Celtics 62 to 54. They allowed their opponents to shoot 59.1% from the field and 35.7% from three, while also getting beaten on the glass by 4. If there’s anything that kept them competitive, it was their three-point defence and ability to force turnovers.
Miami must get out to a better scoring start to open Game 2. They were fortunate to have Tyler Herro carry them through the first half, allowing Jimmy Butler to take over the second half. As a team, they need to be more efficient creating and converting on their opportunities.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 18, 2022
Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro was crucial to Miami’s success in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics. His scoring prowess kept the Heat afloat against the Celtics, until his teammates were prepared to step up their performance.
In Game 1 against the Celtics, Herro posted 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in 27 minutes of play. He was just 1 of 5 from three, but 7 of 15 from the field overall. If he can improve on his stat line, it’d be in three-point shooting and turnovers, where he committed 4.
With Boston sure to be wary of Herro’s scoring ability, he must step up his playmaking to keep the Heat competitive. Fortunately, his ability to put the ball in the basket should only help him.
|Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Information|
|Who||Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat|
|Where||FTX Arena, Miami, Florida|
|When||Thursday, 8:30 PM EST, May 19th, 2022|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
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