Saturday, September 19, 2020
Tonight marks the third game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in their best-of-seven playoff series. The Heat have won the first two games as they hope to grab a third win tonight. Last game, they beat the Celtics, 106-101, as Goran Dragic scored 25 points.
-Carsen Edwards (coach’s decision)
-Robert Williams (coach’s decision)
-Tremont Waters (coach’s decision)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision)
-Javonte Green (knee)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (pubic)
The Boston Celtics would have control of things in the first half as they shot 50% from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to 42% shooting. Jaylen Brown got hot for 17 points while he recorded five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block. Jayson Tatum contributed with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Former Charlotte Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker dropped 13 points which included 3 three-pointers. He also had two defensive rebounds while Daniel Theis and Marcus Smart combined for 11 points. Gordon Hayward played the most minutes off of the bench but only had three points.
As for the Florida team, Bam Adebayo had eight points as he grabbed five rebounds, dished out one assist, committed one steal, and blocked 2 shots. Both Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scored six points each while Jae Crowder had five points, including a three-pointer. Maine-native Duncan Robinson had just a three-pointer. Tyler Herro played 17 minutes off of the bench as he dropped 18 points but it was the Celtics who went into halftime with a 63-50 advantage.
The Boston team would continue to show dominance in the second half as they shot 45% from the field, limiting the Miami Heat to 36%. Smart chalked up 15 more points while recording three rebounds and three assists. Tatum helped out with 12 points, including a three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Brown and Walker scored a combined 17 points while Theis was kept to just two points. Hayward played 15 minutes off of the bench but had just a three-pointer.
On the other end of the court, Adebayo added 19 more points to his scoring total while recording 11 rebounds and two steals. Butler and Robinson combined for 21 points while Crowder and Dragic both had five points each. Herro played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Celtics come away with a 117-106 win, making the series 2-1. Jaylen Brown finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, a playoff career-high 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block. Bam Adebayo finished with a playoff career-high 27 points, along with 16 rebounds, one assist, a playoff career-high 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
The Boston Celtics will look to tie the series up at two apiece as they take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.