To do that, they will have to put a frustrating 111-110 Game 3 loss on Friday behind them. Atlanta was led by Trae Young with 24 points, including the game-winning basket with seconds left, while Tyler Herro had his best game of the series with 24 points to lead Miami.
The biggest question today will be the injury status of Kyle Lowry, who injured his hamstring late in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game. He is officially listed as day-to-day for the time being. If Lowry can’t play tonight, others like Gabe Vincent or perhaps even Victor Oladipo will be called upon to replace his production. We’ve seen Hawks players like Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter step up during this series and help Young, now it’s time for the Heat’s supporting players to do the same.
Atlanta’s ranks second in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage at 37.4% so it was a given that they would bounce back from their first two games in Miami and shoot better in Game 3. How will the Heat adjust to their improved accuracy, while still dealing with Young who is capable at any moment of having an offensive explosion, could be the key to a Game 4 win.
Now is the time to respond and return home with a 3-1 series lead to close it out instead of potentially facing a 2-2 series tie. Duncan Robinson has only scored six total points since his 27-point Game 1 performance while Herro came through with 24 points in Game 3 after struggling with 21 points total in the first two games of the series. Miami simply needs more from Bam Adebayo, who is listed as questionable with a quad injury but is expected to play. The big man has played well defensively in spurts, but has looked lost at times — especially on offense — and has only averaged 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in the series.
Jimmy Butler can’t do it all himself, so pretty much any combination of players with solid games tonight can be the difference maker or else it may be hero ball in crunch time with plays leading nowhere and difficult long distance shots attempted.
Eastern Conference Finals Schedule
|Game 1||Tuesday, May 17||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 2||Thursday, May 19||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 3||Saturday, May 21||Miami @ Boston||8:30 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Game 4||Monday, May 23||Miami @ Boston||8:30 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Game 5*||Wednesday, May 25||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 6*||Friday, May 27||Miami @ Boston||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Game 7*||Sunday, May 29||Boston @ Miami||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
- Kyle Lowry: day to day (hamstring)
- Gabe Vincent: probable (toe)
- PJ Tucker: questionable (calf)
- Caleb Martin: questionable (ankle)
- Bam Adebayo: questionable (quadriceps)
- Lou Williams: day-to-day (back)
- Clint Capela: out (knee)
|Marcus Smart||PG||Kyle Lowry|
|Jaylen Brown||SG||Max Strus|
|Jayson Tatum||SF||Jimmy Butler|
|Al Horford||PF||PJ Tucker|
|Robert Williams III||C||Bam Adebayo|
FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 46% chance to win the game.
TV: Bally Sports Sun, TNT
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
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