GAME PREVIEW: Miami Heat seeking to steal both games on the road
Miami upset the Boston Celtics in an impressive game 1 victory; looking to replicate that success tonight.
The Miami Heat are surging in this playoff run. All the struggles and close games that took place during the regular season have been paying off. From being down double digits in the 4th quarter of an elimination Play-In game against the Chicago Bulls, to now being up 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics.
This team is not your typical 8 seed, and although all the analytics and media are going against Miami, they don’t care about all that outside noise.
The Heat were down double digits at one point in the last game inside TD Garden, but stormed back to take back the lead and secure the win in the second half led by Jimmy Butler. Now, the team will try to do something they haven’t been able to do all playoffs; bring a 2-0 series lead back home to South Beach.
To do that, it starts with Butler making an impact on the game from the opening tip. In game 1, Miami was able to follow Butler’s lead and let him get to work. The “JIMVP” had a game high 35 points to go along with 7 assists, 6 steals and multiple clutch buckets.
However, it was a complete team effort. In fact, the Heat had 6 players score 15 or more points. That mark tied an NBA playoff record.
The squad has looked so together and locked in both on and off the court. A balanced attack offensively from Bam Adebayo and the rotation guys again would be huge.
Besides shooting the ball well, Miami has to do a better job at protecting the paint, getting defensive boards and limiting Boston in transition.
The Celtics were bullying the Heat in the paint badly during the first half of game 1. Robert Williams especially was causing havoc. Getting the talented young big man in foul trouble and keeping him off the offensive glass for Boston will be crucial going forward.
It is a very small injury report for both teams. Omer Yurtseven found his way on the report with a nose injury, but other than that it is just the usual Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo remaining out.
For Boston, Malcolm Brogdon is listed as probable due to a sore forearm.
Tonight’s game will be nationally televised on TNT.
Omer Yurtseven (nose) — QUESTIONABLE
Tyler Herro (hand) — OUT
Victor Oladipo (knee) — OUT
Malcolm Brogdon (forearm) — PROBABLE
Danilo Gallinari (knee) — OUT
Probable Starters (at time of publishing):
Robert Williams |||
ODDS (via FanDuel)
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Tipoff: 8:30 PM EST
Radio: AM 560 Sports WQAM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson)
Spanish Radio: WAQI 710 AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda)
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Odds are Miami +10 for gm2. I remember the stat someone put here. Heat have 70% chance winning when they're down 10. Rest of league are what? 20%?. Crazy.
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
-- Mike Tyson
Most Boston Celtics fans came into this series thinking they would sweep or maybe take 5 games, max, to get rid of the Heat. That may no longer be the case. Now, they seem to be obsessed with just how good Spo and Butler are, how much fight there is in our team and how badly they were mistaken. Today will be a game of adjustments. Hopefully, Spo and the Heat can stay one step ahead of the Celtics and come home up 2-0. Whatever the outcome, I know they will leave all they have on the court. That's good enough for me.