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The 2020 Eastern Conference finals is underway as the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat square off in Game 1 on Tuesday night with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line. Boston gets off to a hot start, but Miami responds with a big second quarter as it looks to carry the momentum into the second half.
This marks the Celtics’ third conference finals in the past four seasons. As for the Heat, this is their first ECF berth since 2014, which was the final year of the Big Three era. The last time these teams met in the conference finals was in 2012, when Miami — led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — ousted Boston in Game 7. Both franchises will do battle again with the East crown on the line — and with very different looking rosters since they last met in this spot. Follow below for all the real-time updates throughout Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat.
A stagnant Boston possession ends with Walker hitting a tough 3 over Crowder late in the clock. On cue!
Walker is 1-for-8 and that includes 0-for-5 from deep. Don’t think he’s *playing* badly, but the Celtics need him to shoot better.
Walker misses a pretty open 3 after the timeout and he just can’t get anything going.
Brad Stevens calls a timeout with his team standing around looking confused against the Heat zone.
Robert Williams in for Boston after Theis picks up his third foul. Immediately Bam attacks Williams off the dribble and Williams fouls him.
Theis switches onto Dragic and Dragic punishes him — right to the rim, easy layup. Miami will surely try to do more of that.
Early third quarter: Smart completely ruins a Miami possession by deflecting a pass meant for Duncan Robinson…and then Tatum turns it over trying to pass it to Theis on the inside.
We look to pick up our defensive intensity and communicate more efficiently in the second half. pic.twitter.com/QnaJ7rjuAc
55-55 at halftime. Boston’s defense looked awesome in the first quarter, not so much in the second. Dragic with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting, Crowder 3-for-5 from deep. Tatum with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting, plus six rebounds and four assists; Marcus Smart with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting (including 3-for-6 from deep), Theis with a magnificent 2-point half (+12, typically solid defense).
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Tatum sticks with Butler on a drive and rejects his layup. I think Tatum’s real strength as a defender is off the ball but that was an impressive one-on-one play.
The Celtics just got an open 3 for Jaylen Brown because they didn’t let the switch slow them down. Sometimes you just have to ignore the switch and keep playing. This is particularly the case with Bam switching onto Walker all game.
I love the Heat’s zone but Spoelstra’s going to lose his mind if they keep giving up offensive rebounds in it.
OK, Kemba got a totally open corner 3 but rushed it and missed it. And then there’s Adebayo hitting an easy, uncontested midrange jumper five seconds later.
Boston is not getting open shots as easily anymore, and Miami is getting opportunities in transition.
Facilitating at the elbow, Bam with a bounce pass to a cutting Butler for a layup. Feel like I’ve seen that a million times this year.
Careless pass from Nunn is deflected by Marcus Smart … but Adebayo recovers the ball and Jimmy Butler makes a wide-open corner 3. Earlier I said nothing was going Miami’s way — that is certainly not the case anymore.
Butler gets an and-1 in transition and the Heat have their first lead of the game. Nice push and nice find from Herro.
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