Miami Heat: ‘NBA Bubble’ Eastern Conference Finals Rematch Is Official

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots over Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots over Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /

With the Miami Heat already having punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, the fate of the other spot in that series was to be determined on Sunday. And after allowing Giannis Antetokounmpo to get off to a blistering start, the Boston Celtics would come back to win the Game 7 clash going away.

On the back of a colossal Grant Williams shooting performance, the Boston Celtics advanced to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years. The last time, of course, was back in the NBA Bubble.

It was that series that produced this famous little play, a play called “most stunning” he’d ever seen by ESPN’s Mike Wilbon.

Yes, that was quite a moment. Though the Miami Heat would go on to lose to the Lakers in the NBA Finals, their NBA Bubble run was surely one to behold.

The Miami Heat were already there, but the Celtics punched their ticket to the conference finals on Sunday. It should be an interesting collection of games.

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As far as this season though, the Miami Heat had a bit of trouble with the Boston Celtics. Only able to beat them once in their three matchups, with the middle of the two games being a massive blowout in Boston’s favor back in February, the Miami Heat would win the final matchup of the year.

That bodes well for them, having won the most recent matchup and especially in the fashion in which they did. It was a tough gritty win against a Boston Celtics team that had been one of the best teams in the league for the previous 25 or so games and in their building, nonetheless.

The Miami Heat will have to be ready to play seven more games of that nature starting Tuesday night at 8:30 Eastern Time. They can beat the Celtics, certainly.

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But the Boston Celtics can also beat them, which is what makes this series such an intriguing one. The odds are close, but knowing what they do about the Celtics from this past season, the Miami Heat should be ready.