The Celtics are not dead against the Heat as the series moves to Miami

THE Month looks to continue winning ways at home and push the Boston Celtics on the brink of elimination Sunday when the Eastern Conference finals head to Miami

The eighth seed Month won all five of their home games in the playoffs. They also supported the second priority Celtics cornered by winning the first two games of a best-of-seven series in Boston

Jimmy Butler had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Miami’s 111-105 win over Boston on Friday, while Bam Adebayo had 22, 17 and nine assists.

“Jimmy and Bam anchored us offensively” Month Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s great when your two best players can lead you, in a place where the ball can go and everyone else is just playing off those guys.

“They both guarded everybody on the floor at times, basically with the switches at times. They’re going to burn a lot of calories on that end, but on the other end they’re going to be a huge liability for us.”

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But they weren’t alone, as Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson had strong performances off the bench on Friday. Martin had 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor, while Robinson had 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting.

“I have so much faith in this group of guys,” Butler said.

Jayson Tatum led Boston in points (34), rebounds (13) and assists (eight) on Friday, but he failed to convert in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row.

Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to make just 4 of 17 attempts from 3-point range.

“It’s tough. It’s a challenge. But there’s no point in being sad and (expletive) here,” Tatum said. “They came in and won two games. They played well; give them credit. But we’re not dead or anything. We’ve got a great opportunity. I still have the most confidence. Everybody has the most confidence. We’ve got to get ready for Game 3 .”

Celtics Coach Joe Mazzulla was tight-lipped when asked about his message to his team after the boards built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter on Friday.

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“We have to win one at a time,” he said.

And Boston also needs to be careful not to catch fire under Butler. Grant Williams inadvertently did just that by getting in the face of Butler, who later admitted that the heated exchange

“It doesn’t matter if I light up or not, that’s what he’s going to do,” Williams said. “To me, the question of understanding is, yes, sure, you poked a bear, unquote. And how are you going to react?”

THE Celtics they must answer in Game 3. If not, a Month is on the brink of reaching the NBA Finals for the second time in four seasons

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Miami.

— Field Level Media

Source: https://deadspin.com/celtics-not-dead-yet-against-heat-as-series-moves-to-mi-1850458322