The Miami Heat take care of business and advance to the NBA Finals, after a 125-113 victory.
It was another ugly start offensively for both teams, but they both turned it around pretty quickly. Miami shot the ball at an outstanding percentage, 56% overall and 48% from long range. It’s pretty hard to lose when you are shooting that well and ultimately, that was the difference tonight.
Miami played from the inside out and I think that is what really helped them get the outside game going. They were aggressive at getting inside the paint, especially Bam and Jimmy.
Let’s talk about the Bam Adebayo performance tonight. Absolutely incredible. 32 points at 73%, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. He shouldered the responsibility for the loss last game, so it’s only fair to give him a large chunk of the credit for the victory. There isn’t much more you could of asked from Bam Adebayo.
Jimmy Butler did his job as well, he was making a conscious effort to be more involved and more aggressive on offense. 22 points for JB and 8 assists. Robinson was an impressive 71% from long range, for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Herro switched it on in the second half and tallied 19 points on 60% shooting. He also had 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Hard not to mention Andre “Mr.Perfect” Iguodala. 100% on the field tonight, 4 of 4 from long range. He did miss a free throw though, so he loses points for that. Still, he was getting ‘iggy wit’ it! I said it first, Jackson.
Goran Dragic shot the ball at a poor percentage overall, but still ended with 13 points and 7 assists. Speaking of poor shooting, Crowder’s struggles from 3 continued, he went 1 of 5 from outside and finished on 9 points.
It was another slow start for Jayson Tatum and unfortunately, Boston did not have the time for slow starts. Tatum needed to play a whole game of basketball and he did not. He finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Whilst he passed the ball very well, his scoring percentage was very low. He lacked aggression and settled for too many long jump shots.
Marcus Smart hit 4 threes, but missed so many more of them. Smart shot 30% from outside (4 of 13) and finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Kemba was also poor from long range, ending the night with 20 points and 5 assists. Theis had 6 points and 7 rebounds but struggled with fouls all night. Hayward added 12.
The real standout for Boston was Jaylen Brown. 26 points on 60% shooting, including 3 of 7 from outside. He added 3 steals, 4 assists and 8 rebounds.
Boston competed well for most of the night, but just could not disrupt Miami’s offensive flow. They needed to find a spark defensively, but were unable to do so. It was a close game in the 4th quarter and Miami proved once again that they know how to win the tight ones.
Most of the statistics were relatively even, but Boston had problems with fouling tonight. Miami finished +10 at the free throw line and had an extra 11 attempts. Boston managed to keep themselves in it thanks to their offensive rebounds and second chance points, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough.
Miami advance and will meet the Lakers, I think the first game is on Wednesday night at 9pm ET. I’ll make sure to have my preview up before then. It should be a great series! It will be the first time LeBron will meet his old team in the playoffs. It is also the first appearance of Jimmy Buckets in the finals. Iggy’s 6th straight (maybe 7th?) finals appearance. Enjoy a few days off, basketball fans!
I’ll be back tomorrow, either with a series preview or some video game stuff.