After a Boston beatdown in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat responded in a big way.
The Heat went full throttle in the first quarter which sparked a series-high 25-point lead early on.
Although the Celtics were able to shorten the gap and tie the game late in the 4th, the Heat attacked the passing lanes, stripped the Celtics ball handlers, and forced a Franchise-high 19 steals.
Miami won the turnover margin 23 to 8 and showed their mental, physical toughness by taking a 2-1 series lead on the road.
The Heat were able to dominate the paint for the majority of the game. Bam Adebayo had his best performance of the series as he lead the way with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block.
Miami showed their heart and resiliency despite losing their top 2 scorers for a majority of the second half.
Jimmy Butler (knee inflammation) sat out the entire second half and Tyler Herro (groin) missed the majority of the 4th quarter.
It was reported that Jimmy Butler will play in game 4 but the Heat will be without NBA 6th Man Of The Year in Herro.
Spoelstra insists that Herro will be ‘day to day’ but will miss the first playoff start of his career.
Expect Victor Oladipo to step into Herro’s role. Oladipo finished with 5 points, 4 steals, and was a solid contributor on both sides in Miami’s game 3 win.
Can Miami pull off another one on the road?
The Celtics will be fired up tonight and have yet to lose back to back games in this years playoffs.
But you can never count out this Miami team with the Celtics back on the ropes.
Miami knows they will have to win this series as quick as possible because a well-rested Golden St. Warriors team could be waiting on the other side.