The Miami Heat missed out on their first opportunity to close out their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics on Friday, but will try again tonight in Game 6 to notch their sixth NBA Finals berth.
As frustrating as the second half of Game 5 was, the Heat have shown time and time again that they are resilient and will bounce back — but so have the Celtics. Yes, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were excellent in Game 5 but Miami can’t let someone like Daniel Theis have such an impact on the game again.
Expect the Heat to try to get Duncan Robinson going early in the game as they did Friday, but they also need to get Tyler Herro involved once he’s on the court as well. The dynamic rookie was spectacular in Game 4 but a renewed defensive focus on Herro limited him in the last game, but you can be sure that the coaching staff are eager to make the proper adjustments in order to set him free.
Coach Erik Spoelstra’s rotations will be something to keep an eye on, as the Heat will need more offensive production beyond Herro, and to a lesser extent Andre Iguodala — who are the only two reserves who have played significant minutes in the past two games.
If the Heat want a NBA Finals berth, they’ll have to shoot much better from beyond the arc than they have lately. The Heat as a team shot just 7-36, a measly 19.4%, from deep in Game 5 but shot 32-50 (64%!) on 2-point shots so if they’re struggling from deep they’ll need to mix it up and get Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler to put up efficient shots and to attract fouls.
It’s exactly 10 years to the day that the Heat held their first training camp with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to officially start the Big 3 era. A win will put them back in the Finals against none other than LeBron, so let’s get it done tonight!
The game will start shortly after 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
- Jimmy Butler
- Jae Crowder
- Bam Adebayo
- Duncan Robinson
- Goran Dragic
- Jayson Tatum
- Jaylen Brown
- Daniel Theis
- Marcus Smart
- Kemba Walker
- 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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