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Preview: Heat look to vanquish Celtics, make sixth Finals berth

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Bam Adebayo is expected to play after injuring his wrist late in Game 4.

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

Through four games, the cumulative score between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals is 441-441. And yet the Heat hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series — just one win away from their sixth Finals berth since 2006.

Erik Spoelstra delivered some good news for Heat fans Thursday when he said that he expects Bam Adebayo to play in Game 5. Adebayo injured his wrist after getting tangled with Jayson Tatum on a box-out attempt late in Game 4. And the third-year center has been the best player in the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 21.5 points on 60.4 percent shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and four assists.

The game will start 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
  • Streaming: fuboTV (via 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)

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