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NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND GAME 5 PREVIEW: Heat looks to close out Hawks in Miami

The Miami Heat can advance to the second round of the Playoffs with a win over the Hawks.

Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat - Game Two Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images


The Miami Heat have held Trae Young to single-digit scoring outputs twice in their four games this series — a huge achievement against the player who scored more points than anyone else in the NBA this season.

And now, they’ll have to lock him up one more time to get a win and advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The Heat blasted the Hawks to a 24 point victory in Atlanta on Sunday night and they did it without Kyle Lowry who sat out. Lowry is again out for Game 5 nursing a hamstring injury he suffered in Game 3.

There’s been a lot to like from the Heat so far this series — their defensive game plan has been on point forcing the Hawks to beat them with tough shots and limiting their chances to create mismatches. They have found the sweet spot for Jimmy Butler to operate (he’s leading the Playoffs in scoring at 30.5 PPG), and they have also now incorporated Victor Oladpio into the lineup without Lowry.

The only downfall is that Tyler Herro has really struggled. He score 3 points on 1-8 shooting in 21 minutes in Game 4. No one noticed or cared too much because the Heat were cruising, but Herro has got to get a few things going.

Game 5 is an elimination game for the Hawks, so Miami will get their best punch likely. Let’s see what we are all made of in this one!

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
Game Details



  • Gabe Vincent: probable (toe)
  • Caleb Martin: questionable (ankle)
  • PJ Tucker: questionable (calf)
  • Kyle Lowry: out (hamstring)


  • Lou Williams: out (back)
  • Clint Capela: questionable (knee)
  • Bogdan Bogdanovich: questionable (knee)


Projected Starters

Clippers Position Heat
Clippers Position Heat
Reggie Jackson PG Kyle Lowry
Paul George SG Tyler Herro
Kawhi Leonard SF Jimmy Butler
Marcus Morris Sr. PF Caleb Martin
Ivica Zubac C Bam Adebayo


FiveThirtyEight gives the Heat a 69% chance to win the game.


TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBATV
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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