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Has there been hope? “Boston” partially returned the intrigue to the series with “Miami”

Date: February 28, 2024 Time: 19:17:24

Has there been hope? “Boston” partially returned the intrigue to the series with “Miami”

Artemy Berstenev May 24, 2023, 08:25 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Are the Celtics the first team in NBA playoff history to win 0-3? There is a first victory!

Boston Celtics defensemen Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart said something similar to Game 4 against the Miami Heat: “Don’t let us win, that’s our setup for today. Winning is enough for us, and only then will we feel confident.” And this is what came out of there.

NBA – playoffs. End – East. 4th match

May 24, 2023, Wednesday. 00:30 UTC

Miami Heat


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Miami Heat: Butler – 29, Vincent – 17, Martin – 16, Adebayo – 10, Strass – 9, Love – 6, Zeller – 5, Lowry – 5, Robinson – 2, Jovic, Oladipo, Highsmith, Haslem, Hero, Yurtseven

Boston Celtics: Tatum – 33, Brown – 17, White – 16, Williams – 14, Horford – 12, Smart – 11, Williams – 7, Pritchard – 4, Brogdon – 2, Gallinari, Griffin, Cornet, Muscala, Hoser, Champagne

started off a little weird

Miami looked good early in the game, having survived a successful start by the Boston players. Eric Spoelstra preferred to flirt with the pick-and-roll, which, of course, the Celtics began to have a hard time defending. On the other hand, it felt (despite the visiting side’s promising start) that Boston had no idea how to play their attacks.

After an 8-5 start, the Celtics pummeled the Heat with three-point accuracy, putting 18:15 in their favor after several long shots. The Celts also tried to respond with three-point shots, but during the first 12 minutes they did so unconvincingly -30.8% of sales against 40% of the rival.

Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart

Photo: Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Of course, in the first half the guests tried to play much harder than in previous games in the series. And also, show rigidity at all times, where necessary according to all the laws of basketball. The hosts also needed an impressive boost to dampen “Boston’s” ardor.

Jimmy Butler looked like a classic role actor, and the role suited him very well. But forward Caleb Martin stood out, reminding me of Danny Green in the 2013 NBA Finals, with 14 points off the bench: 6 of 6 from the field, 2 of 2 from behind the arc. Guard Marcus Smart has been the butt of ridicule and hate from Celtics fans (probably) for his controversial performance: He’s 0-for-4 in the first half.

Did Brown and Smart’s words before the meeting help?

The next 24 minutes, beginning at 50:56 in the Heat’s favor, completely put the criticism of the Celts in its place (although the criticism is fair). Despite the fact that Boston allowed the opponent to escape (52:61), Joe Mazzulla’s charges were able to respond strongly: 71:63. Jason Tatum is on a roll for sure.

“Butler, wake up!” the Miami fans demanded. And Butler was added, but it is unlikely that this would help avoid a three-point barrage. Turnovers and bad shots, like watching the hosts’ regular season. After the third quarter, the outlook for triples is as follows: 16 of 37 (43.2%) for Boston and 7 of 24 (29.2%) for Hit. As a result, the last quarter (88:79) suggested the following likely scenario: will Spoelstra’s guys be able to mentally return to the game, bring things to a head, and then take over the opponent?

Naturally, none of this happened. “Boston” finally showed what he was capable of, ending the fourth minute 12.


We have to admit it: Joe Mazzulla’s men in the elimination game managed to establish efficiency in the implementation of field goals (51.2) and three-pointers (40). This will give the Celtics a big boost going into Game 5. Miami’s abundance of losses (15), a weak three (8 of 32 – 25%) and six block shots taken in the second half: you won’t win games like that.

Jason Tatum, when reputation is on the line, fires up on time and for the eighth time in the current playoffs he is earning at least 30 points on a solid 14-for-22 (63.6) percentage. Maybe Jason needs to go into every postseason game in such a mood, as if there could be no outcome other than victory. Otherwise, his team will go on vacation until September.

The time when the Celtics were announced as the second seed and Miami as the eighth seed. “Hitting” will be problematic to close the series if the opponent continues to show something similar in attack. It is striking that in all the games of the series everything is decided in the third quarter: today the Celts have the advantage (+15); the last time – on the side of Spoelstra (+14); in the first game – similarly (+21).

The state of mind of the Miami players at the end of the match

Photo: Frame of the transmission.

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