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2020-09-26
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Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Prediction & Preview


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Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:30pm

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Boston finds itself on the verge of elimination after losing a 112-109 contest to Miami on Wednesday night. The Celtics will try to claw their way back into the series in Game 5 on Friday.

 

 

Heat led by Herro in Game 4

Miami was led by 20-year-old rookie Tyler Herro on Wednesday night. He scored a Heat rookie-record 37 points in the win, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot. Herro made 14 of 21 from the field and hit 5 of 10 from beyond the arc in the scoring outburst. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists. Miami jumped out to a six-point lead at halftime and held on down the stretch of the fourth quarter. Small forward Jimmy Butler added 24 points on an 8 of 20 shooting clip. He went 8 of 9 at the free throw line, including a pair that iced the game in the final seconds. Butler nearly had a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out three assists.

 

The lone negative coming out of Game 4 for Miami is the health of young forward Bam Adebayo. He finished with a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double, but he injured his left wrist down the stretch. Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra says there is no update thus far on his injury, but “he’s got a lot of ice on his body.” Point guard Goran Dragic has been a consistent player throughout this playoff run. He added 22 points on an 8 of 21 shooting night in Game 4, adding five rebounds and three assists. Jae Crowder will be hoping to shoot much better than he has in the past two games. The sniper made just 1 of 7 from beyond the arc on Wednesday and finished with just three points.

 

Celtics needing bounce back effort

Boston will be hoping to become the first team to erase a 3-1 series deficit against Miami. The Heat have led by a 3-1 count 11 times, winning in all 11. Boston did not jump out to a double-digit lead as it had in each of the first three games of the series and is now on the brink of elimination. The Celtics rallied late in the contest, but Miami was able to hold on for the win on Wednesday. Star Jayson Tatum went scoreless in the first half before scoring 28 in the second half. The Celtics erased a double-digit deficit to take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Miami went on another run to salt the game away.

 

Tatum finished 10 of 22 from the field, but was disappointed with his scoreless first half. He grabbed nine rebounds to match Jaylen Brown for the team-high on the glass. Tatum also dished out four assists. Brown was the second-leading scorer with 21 points on an efficient 8 of 14 clip and might be looking to do more on Friday night. Point guard Kemba Walker scored 20 points on a 6 of 14 shooting effort. Guard Marcus Smart added a 10-point, 11-assist double-double. He hit just 1 of his 8 attempts from beyond the arc. Gordan Hayward played 30 minutes and scored 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting. The Celtics would love for him to get into a groove starting with this game.



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