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The Night in the Association: September 17th, 2020

Miami remains white hot

The Heat snuck past Boston yet again, after they went on a third quarter run that scorched the Celtics and ultimately helped them win this game by a score of 106-101

The trio of Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, and Duncan Robinson led the way for the Heat. Bam was the best player in this game by far scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and shooting at an efficient 10/16 clip from the field while being the defensive anchor. Dragic himself was sensational yet again, scoring 25 points on 10/19 shooting. Duncan Robinson had 18 points and was lights out from three point range, making 6 out of his 12 three point shot attempts.

What led to the Miami Heat being so successful was their third quarter run, as previously mentioned. In the third, Miami outscored Boston 37-17, with Bam Adebayo leading the way with 15 points in the quarter on near perfect shooting (7/8 from the field).

Despite there being three clearcut best performers on the Heat yesterday, it took an all around team effort to win this game, especially on defense. Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder were absolutely lethal on the perimeter and a pain for Boston’s wings like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to handle. The Marquette boys combined for seven steals against Boston in this game.

Heat superstar Jimmy Butler playing excellent perimeter defense on Celtics star Jayson Tatum Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

For Boston, this game was theirs but they simply let it get away from them. Poor execution in the second half and in late game scenarios cost them this game, and it’s just that simple.

Despite Miami’s sensational third quarter run where they outscored the Celtics by 20, Boston had a 17 point lead prior to that happening, meaning that despite blowing such a large lead, the game was still very close.

In the clutch, the Celtics weren’t too horrible, it’s just they simply got outscored and the lead they had given up in the third quarter had come back to haunt them.

Jaylen Brown was great in the clutch, scoring seven points on 2/3 shooting in the final five minutes and scoring 13 points in the quarter on 4/7 shooting. One could point to his missed game winner, but in reality that was his only missed shot in the final five minutes and at the end of the day, it’s a make or miss league. 

Jayson Tatum for most of the game was pretty solid as well, but down the stretch he made some poor decisions and passes that ultimately led to the Celtics not converting on valuable possessions. Boston turned the ball over three times in the final five minutes of the game.

Kemba Walker had a bounce back game, leading Boston in scoring with 23 points on 9/19 shooting. It wasn’t even a horrible game for Boston, they just got outplayed down the stretch and had little to no bench scoring production.

The Celtics only had 16 points off the bench, all coming from Enes Kanter or Brad Wanamaker. That simply won’t cut it if a team is attempting to be recognized as a championship contender in this league.

Gordon Hayward is slated to return for game 3. Hopefully that will provide the bench production Boston needs to stay alive and potentially comeback in this series.

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