The Miami Heat battled it out with the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals and walked away with a win. A look at four takeaways.
What an opening night for the Miami Heat and their first Eastern Conference Finals game since 2014. They took to care of business in overtime to put away the Boston Celtics and take a one game to zero series lead. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday night at 7:00 pm EST.
Fans weren’t sure what to make of this Miami-Boston series walking into Tuesday night. The Celtics presented a very different team than the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat’s two previous opponents in the first round and Conference Semi-Finals.
The matchup didn’t disappoint, with the two sides kicking it off with an overtime thriller. Jayson Tatum and Goran Dragic were the hottest players of the night, but it was Jimmy Butler who turned it on in the fourth quarter and overtime to ultimately push Miami over the top.
It was about as back and forth a game as we’ve seen from the Heat at any point this season, both on offense and the defensive end. Head coach Erik Spoelstra had his work cut out for him, matched up with the high regarded but very much younger Brad Stevens.
But at the end of the day, it was a Bam Adebayo block over Tatum that sealed this one for the squad from South Beach. A look at four takeaways from the Miami Heat’s Game One victory.