The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will face off in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at TD Garden in Boston. The Heat lead the series 2-1 and can advance to the NBA Finals with a win tonight [Nope, the Heat are up 3-0 and advance with a win tonight].
The Celtics are coming off a 120-102 win in Game 3 [100% made up. These are called hallucinations. I’m not kidding. You can read more about that phenomenon here. Heat won game #3 128-102]. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 31 points, Jaylen Brown added 27 points, and Marcus Smart had 11 points and 12 assists. The Heat are coming off a 128-102 loss in Game 3. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 30 points, Bam Adebayo added 22 points, and Tyler Herro had 21 points off the bench. [Everything here is made up. Bard is hallucinating hard!]
The Celtics are the home team tonight, but the Heat have won two of the three games in the series. The Heat are also the better team overall, and they should be able to close out the series tonight [While the Heat are up 3-0, it’s up for debate which team is better. Yes, scoreboard rules over all, but the Celtics were the better team all season long. That is, until the Eastern Conference Finals].
Here are some key matchups to watch for in Game 4:
- Jayson Tatum vs. Jimmy Butler: Tatum and Butler are the two best players in the series, and they will be the key to their respective teams’ success. Tatum has been playing at an MVP level, but Butler has been just as good.
- Jaylen Brown vs. Bam Adebayo: Brown and Adebayo are the two best scorers on their respective teams, and they will be matched up against each other tonight. Brown has been shooting the ball well, but Adebayo has been a force on the defensive end.
- Marcus Smart vs. Kyle Lowry: Smart and Lowry are the two best playmakers on their respective teams, and they will be the key to their respective teams’ offense. Smart has been playing great defense, but Lowry has been a key to the Heat’s offense [Lowry has not been the key to the Heat’s offense].
- Robert Williams III vs. P.J. Tucker: Williams and Tucker are the two best defenders on their respective teams, and they will be matched up against each other tonight. Williams has been a force in the paint, but Tucker has been a key to the Heat’s defense [PJ Tucker is enjoying Cancun with his Philadelphia 76ers teammates!].
The Heat are the clear favorites to win tonight, but the Celtics have shown that they can compete with them. It should be an exciting game, and it will be interesting to see if the Celtics can force a Game 5.
Agreed. It will be interesting to see if the Celtics can force a game 5.