EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 7 PREVIEW: Miami Heat host Boston Celtics with NBA Finals berth on the line

HISTORY OF THE GAME

The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST in the FTX Arena for the deciding Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals. Tonight’s winning team will be Eastern Conference Champions and will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Boston may be 5-0 after a playoff loss, but the Heat showed their incredible resilience on the road in Game 6 when almost everyone counted them out after nasty losses in Game 4 and 5. Both teams have won twice on the road in this series, but the home court advantage is nonetheless huge in a winner-takes-all Game 7. According to ESPN, “the road teams are 34-110 all-time – a .236 winning percentage – in Game 7.”

Miami’s injury report reads as in the previous game, but with the exception of Tyler Herro – who definitely remains ‘questionable’ for tonight after missing three straight games but will warm up with the intention of playing – all players who participated in game 6 should play. Herro’s status will be the biggest question mark heading into the game, with Boston also listing Robert Williams and Marcus Smart as questionable as they have been in the last games they ended up playing.

After six games, both teams proved equal, equally SKILLED (despite the general consensus among basketball pundits) and equally prone to committing unforced and/or reckless turnovers and offensive droughts for long stretches. Can the Heat really unleash the NBA’s No. 1-ranked 3-point shot they posted during the regular season? Can Jimmy Butler somehow stay in top form after his already legendary performance of 47 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in Game 6? Will Jaylen Brown or first-team All-NBA selection Jaysum Tatum step in and lead their team to a tough road victory or will an X-factor like Duncan Robinson or Victor Oladipo prove to be the difference? ?

Keep an eye on the Miami bench tonight. The team was fined $25,000 by the NBA yesterday for “violating league rules regarding team bench decorum” in Game 6 at TD Garden.

On several occasions, multiple players stood for an extended period of time in the Miami team bench area, stood off the team bench, and were on, encroaching on, or entering the field of play during the live game in the Heat’s 111-103 win over the Boston Celtics. in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at TD Garden.

This is the second Game 7 between these historic playoff rivals, with Miami beating Boston 101-88 in 2012 to win the Eastern Conference Finals.

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Tyler Herro: questionable (groin)
  • Max Strus: questionable (hamstrings)
  • PJ Tucker: questionable (knee)
  • Kyle Lowry: doubtful (hamstrings)
  • Gabe Vincent: doubtful (knee)

BOSTON:

  • Marcus Smart: questionable (ankle)
  • Robert Williams III: questionable (knee)
  • Sam Hauser: out (shoulder)

CALENDAR

Projected starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Smart Marcus PG Kyle Lowry
Jaylen Brown SG Max Strus
Jayson Tatum SF Jimmy Butler
Al Horford PF P.J. Tucker
Robert WilliamsIII VS Bam Adebayo

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BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: ESPN
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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