With Boston’s gritty victory over Toronto, it is all but guaranteed that the Eastern Conference Finals will end in their return to TD Garden.

Celtics Inch Closer to Finals With Ugly Game 5 Win

The Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over the Heat with an ugly Game 5 win on Wednesday night. The game was a rock fight, with neither team playing well. The Celtics shot just 25% from three-point range through two quarters, but they were able to take a slim lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Celtics pulled away slightly, thanks in part to some better shooting. They finished the game with a 45% three-point percentage, which was enough to get them the win. The final score was Celtics 92, Heat 87.

With the win, the Celtics are now just one victory away from reaching the NBA Finals.

 

The Celtics are one win away from the NBA Finals after an ugly Game 5 victory over the Miami Heat.

The Celtics had more turnovers in the first half than they did in all of Game 4, and shot just 19%. However, they blew it open in the second half, outscoring the Heat 32-16 in the third quarter.

Celtics star Jaylen Brown struggled in the first half but bounced back to finish with 20 points. Jayson Tatum also had 20 points for the Celtics.

The Celtics will now head back to Miami for Game 6 on Friday night. If they can win that game, they will advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

Brown replied in the second half. In the third quarter, he scored six points. He scored a team record 13 points in the final quarter. In the last 12 minutes, he made five of six shots, including three of four triples. Udoka was unable to answer questions about Brown’s performance. He said, “He didn’t turn it over.”

“First half was —,” Brown stated. “It was thrown away. I went out to play basketball in the second period.”

Boston relied on its NBA-best defense all season. It was Wednesday’s best defense that kept the team in the game. The first half was chaotic. Miami scored 26 points in the paint. It also had 16 second-chance shots. It had nine offensive rebounds, giving the Heat an overall advantage of 26-21.

Miami was up just five. The Heat’s offense was a disaster. Jimmy Butler has been limited to being a screener and a part-time player because of a knee injury. Udoka said that Butler wasn’t trying to score. Kyle Lowry is not experiencing a burst. Tyler Herro is the reigning Sixth Man-of-the Year. has a groin injury. Bam Adebayo and Gabe Vincent were Miami’s top scorers in Game 5. The Heat scored 45 three-pointers. They made seven. They couldn’t overcome the Celtics’ terrorizing defense.

Udoka stated that the mental strain and strain put on certain teams by our defense worked in our favor and helped us get through the playoffs. “All those bodies to throw at people is tiring on [them] mentally and physically… Our defense travels well.”

 

Brown said, “Our defense continues to win us games.” It is important to continue supporting this side of the ball.

This series should be halted by the NBA. They won’t. Can’t do it. These are not rosters. These are M.A.S.H. units. Marcus Smart cannot walk. Robert Williams, too. Butler is shooting set shots because of his knee problems. Lowry doesn’t even consider going to the basket. Tatum is hanging his right arm between timeouts.

The Celtics will return home and the series should conclude on Friday. It should have ended by now, honestly. Finished. Kaput. Boston lost the opener due to a third-quarter meltdown. A comedy of errors–24 turnovers!–vaporized the Celtics’ chances to win Game 3. Boston was down by just two points in the third quarter, but still trailed 2-1.

Miami is broken. Beaten. Butler stated, “I have to find a better way.” It doesn’t matter. While the Heat may be competitive defensively and as physically strong in the paint, they lack the firepower to defeat a defense as average, let alone one as formidable as Boston’s. For Miami to win this series, the Celtics must beat themselves. They have failed to win for two consecutive games.

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