NBA: Hit, Celtics out to touch the end of the series

The fourth quarter of Game Five of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals at the FTX Arena on May 25, 2022 in Miami, Florida, reacts to the Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart # 36 Miami hit.  Andy Lyons / Getty Images / AFP

The fourth quarter of Game Five of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Finals at the FTX Arena on May 25, 2022 in Miami, Florida, reacts to the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart # 36 Miami hit. Andy Lyons / Getty Images / AFP

The Eastern Conference finals weren’t the most enjoyable series, but it would look like a masterpiece to the Boston Celtics if they get one more win.

The Celtics will try to reach them first NBA Final since 2010 when they hosted the Miami Hit in Game 6 on Friday night.

Using a 24-2 run in the second half as a knockout punch, Boston led 3-2 in the series with a 93-80 win in Miami on Wednesday.

But no one associated with Celtic is ready to celebrate. The franchise has lost its last four tours in the Eastern Conference final and has gone 3-2 on two occasions.

One of those times was in 2018 when Jason Tatum and Jillian Brown were part of a team that saw the Cleveland Cavaliers win the last two games. NBA Final.

“Of course, now a different team,” Tatum said after Game 5. “I’m fine, JB. We’re just getting older. And we’ve been through that hard time.”

Brown has a similar view and said now is not the time to relax.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Brown said. “Leave everything on the floor. You don’t want any regrets. We’ve got a chance to do something special with this group.”

“So let’s not take it for granted. Let’s get to the floor of our house on Friday, and we play the best version of basketball we’ve played all season. It’s a big game for us. “

The competition is a do-or-die for the hit, who shot just 31.9 percent off the field, including a perforated 7 of 7 out of 45 from a 3-point range in Game 5.

Miami star Jimmy Butler had 13 points in the 4-of-18 shooting when the club’s backcourt placed enough bricks to make a condo on the south beach. Max Strauss was 0 out of 9, Kyle Lori was 0 out of 6 and Victor Oladipo was 1 out of 7.

“I have to play better,” said Lori, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. “I am playing terribly. That’s what it is. I’m there, so I have to do better. “

Butler, playing with pain in his right knee, has also claimed responsibility for his poor performances in the last two games. He averaged 9.5 points and made just 7 of 32 shots during the span.

“I need to do better,” Butler said. “I had to find a way to help us win, and I didn’t.”

Simultaneously without heatstroke NBA The sixth man of the year for the last two matches is Tyler Hero (groin). Miami averaged 81 points in the Hero Missing competition.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

“We’re not making excuses for anything,” said Miami coach Eric Spoilstra, referring to his club’s injury. “We are not avoiding anything. We lost the game (Wednesday). We had a tough defeat in Boston (4 games). We are still alive.

“We have the opportunity to play in front of a huge crowd and to create a memory that you will remember for a long time. We’re thinking about it now. “

The Celtics beat the Hits 32-16 to take control of the third quarter before Miami went 42-37 at halftime on Wednesday.

Miami will be 59-58 behind Vincent’s two free throws with 2:44 remaining third. Boston responded with a final 10 points of the stumps to start the blast 24-2 which made 8:21 83-60 with the game remaining.

Brown caps the wave with a 3-pointer as part of his game-high 25-point effort. Tatum missed a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Now the Celtics want to make sure they don’t have to go back to Miami for a Game 7.

“It’s an elimination game, it’s an advantage on our home court,” said Boston coach Ime Vodoka. “They have already beaten us there. So we have to come out with the same urgency after these last two victories and try to get rid of it. ”

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