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Preview: Heat eye 3-0 lead against embattled Celtics

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Gordon Hayward is questionable to play.

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Two Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Miami Heat emerged from two hard-fought games with a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals over the Boston Celtics. Marcus Smart reportedly screamed at teammates in the locker room following Game 2, which prompted Celtics coach Brad Stevens to hold a late-night meeting with Boston’s top four players — Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Smart.

We’ll see how the Celtics respond in a must-win situation, hoping to avoid a 0-3 series deficit. Gordon Hayward has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s game. Hayward hasn’t played since Game 1 of Boston’s first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, but could help offensively against Miami’s zone defense.

Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in the second half of Game 2 after experiencing back tightness, is probable.

The game will air shortly after 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Probable Starters:

Miami —

  • Jimmy Butler
  • Jae Crowder
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Goran Dragic

Boston —

  • Jayson Tatum
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Daniel Theis
  • Marcus Smart
  • Kemba Walker

Broadcast Info

  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter)
  • Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)