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NBA: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat | 24 May, 8:30 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

BOSTON CELTICS: 

PG | Marcus Smart 

SG | Jaylen Brown 

SF | Jayson Tatum 

PF | Al Horford 

C | Robert Williams III 

 

MIAMI HEAT: 

PG | Kyle Lowry 

SG | Duncan Robinson 

 SF | Jimmy Butler 

PF | P.K. Tucker 

C | Bam Adebayo 

 

 

After losing in a 25-point deficit to Boston in Friday’s game, Miami pulled an impressive win this Sunday courtesy of Bam Adebayo. Keeping tight at TD Garden in Boston for game four, can the Heat keep winning without Jimmy Butler’s finesse? Or will the Celtics show them just how powerful they are at home? 

 

This Sunday, Bam Adebayo told the world that it’s his time to shine. Following the main scorer, Jimmy Butler’s exit, Adebayo showed the Celtics that Butler is far from being the only asset in Miami as he showed his best performance for this postseason. Butler was held out of the second half due to knee inflammation. However, he should be able to play moving ahead. Butler will not require an MRI, according to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he will not miss any further time, according to USA Today. Bam Adebayo led the team with 31 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. 

 

Speaking of shining players, Jaylen Brown had a great game for Boston this Sunday, scoring 40 points and nine rebounds. Al Horford and Marcus Smart also had a combined 36 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists, yet the Celtics could not Jayson Tatum's dismal gameplay. The All-Star only finished with 3-for-14 from the field. Now, regardless of how we skirt around the fact that Boston could have definitely won this game, especially with Butler’s exit, it has to be said. Besides that, they had 16 more free throws and even had the deficit down to one; how they didn’t get the win is beyond us.  

 

Now that the most recent game is out of the way, how is it looking for game four? If Butler happens to play any less than his best or even have absences, Adebayo needs to keep playing at the same rate he did with game three. At this point, we’re almost positive that at least Boston knows what to do now, especially with how they dominated in game two. The Celtics just need to be more careful because with the likeliness of Butler’s absence and the team’s growing reliance on Adebayo for a win. If the Celtics could just be a little more explosive, they could definitely bag this win. That being said, we think game four belongs to Boston. Adebayo will not cease to shine anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean he can always carry Heat. 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022. TD Garden, Boston, MA. 

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