Led by a still and still flamboyant Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat won the first game of the Eastern Conference finals 118 to 107 against the Boston Celtics.
1st in the Eastern Conference at the end of the regular season and easy winner of the Atlanta Hawks then the Philadelphia Sixers in the previous rounds, the Miami Heat has once again shown that it would be very difficult to defeat. On its floor, the Florida franchise hosted the Boston Celtics tonight for the 1st game of the Eastern Conference finals, which will send the winner to the NBA Finals. In great shape after having eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks, defending champions, in Game 7, the C’s were still progressing diminished since Al Horford and Marcus Smart, elected defender of the year a few weeks ago, were absent, the 1st due to of a Covid protocol, the second for a foot injury. Despite these absences of weight, Boston, which was once again able to count on its duo Jayson Tatum/Jaylen Brown (respectively 29 and 24 points), had a perfect start to the match, even counting an 8-point lead at the halfway mark. time (54-62).
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A deficit that will obviously give the Heat a boost as soon as they return from the locker room. Carried by a Jimmy Butler author of 41 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and who must undoubtedly appear in the list of the best players of these 2021/22 playoffs, Miami will inflict a scathing 39-14 on their opponents during the 3rd quarter- weather. Recovering a comfortable advantage, Erik Spoelstra’s players will unsurprisingly control the end of the match to finally win 118 to 107. If it remains impossible to make predictions in this series which promises us great basketball, Miami nevertheless hit hard from the start, and the Celtics will necessarily have to show their best face while having their best elements if they wish to find a place in the final against the Warriors of Steph Curry or the Mavericks of Luka Doncic.