Celtics vs. Heat Points, Fast Food: Jason Tatum, Boston Roll in Game 2 to Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics made a big comeback Thursday night, winning a dominant 127-102 victory over the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics now stole the local stadium advantage and drew 1-1. The third game will take place Saturday night in Boston.

Early on it was all Hit, as they jumped to a double-digit lead. It turned out to be the height of the night for them, however, as the Celtics turned the game on its head, going on a 17-0 run and was a double-digit lead by the end of the first half. a fourth. They pulled out in the second quarter to lead by 25 points in the first half and the match was never in doubt again. Jason Tatum led with 27 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jaylen Brown had 24 points and eight rebounds.

Meanwhile, Marcus Smart came back from a foot injury that kept him out of the first game with 24 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and three steals. The Celtics had another great shooting performance, and went 20 of 40 off three-point grounds.

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 29 points and six rebounds, but he didn’t get much help. Gabe Vincent, who finished with 14 points, was the only other player to double in numbers. The Heat also lost PJ Tucker to a knee bruise, and his status going forward is unclear.

Here are some key points from the game:

Smart shows in turn from a foot injury

The Celtics were without Marcus Smart (foot fatigue) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols) in Game 1, and they missed hard on both ends of the floor. In particular, the Celtics could use his leadership and poise when the Heat began their massive run in the third quarter on Tuesday night.

Both players returned to play in Game Two, and played major roles in the Celtics’ victory. Horford was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Despite this, smart was the real difference maker. In one of his best post-season performances, he scored 21 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, and three steals.

His defense, as always, was exceptional, and his comeback made things even more difficult for the Heat.

“As always, he’s the one setting the tone,” Celtics coach Amy Odoka said. “Best Defensive Player of the Year for a reason. Being able to switch and switch to bigger bodies. Just another good defender to throw (Jimmy) Butler and (Pam) Adebayo and some of those guys, and you don’t have to worry about them, try to pick some matches. He brings the physical strength all over the place. Night. Kinda make everyone in class.”

On the other end, his game making was just fine, getting the correct reading over and over and relieving a lot of the pressure on Jason Tatum. Dropping the team’s high-level five three-pointers certainly didn’t hurt, and as an exclamation point made Max Strus drop with a little evasive maneuver.

The Celtics’ first-quarter race proved crucial

In the first game on Tuesday night, the Celtics were ahead after the first half break and looked like they had a chance to steal the win without some key players. Instead, the Heat went at 22-2 over the course of five minutes to turn control of the match, and ran away for a double-digit win.

The opposite scenario happened Thursday night – albeit much earlier in the game. Miami hit the ball very well in the first few minutes, controlling the ball with a double-digit lead early on. This advantage was short-lived, the Celtics responded almost immediately with 17-0 to seize control, built an 11-point lead at halftime and never lags behind again.

That 17-0 was the Celtics’ longest streak in the entire post-season

C from 3 points lights up again

The Celtics put in some huge 3-point displays during the playoffs. Notably, they defeated 22 3 in their Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round. They’re back at it Thursday night, using another great shooting show to take down the Heat in Game 2.

The smartest of all players led the way with five brands, while Tatum and Brown each fell by four. Finally, the Celtics went 20 out of 40 downtown in their most efficient 3-point showing from the playoffs. This was also her third playoff with at least 20 three-pointers, the most in the post-season tie by a single team.

While they were hitting the ball well all night, the Celtics were especially hot to start the game. They went 9 of 11 from behind the arc in the first quarter, hitting five in a row while changing the game 17-0. This kind of shooting performance is only frustrating for the opposing team, and the Heat never recovered.

Heat facing more potential injury problems

There was a lot of focus on the Celtics’ injury problems in the first game, with both Smart and Horford unable to play. However, The Heat has some problems of its own at the Ministry of Health. Veteran point guard Kyle Lowery is having a hamstring problem, and he hasn’t played since Game 4 against Philadelphia 76ers in the second round.

Now, The Heat may also have to keep an eye on PJ Tucker. He left Game 2 with a knee bruise and did not play in the second half. Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said Tucker is determined to be ready for Game Three, but will have further assessment on Friday, including an MRI. According to Chris Hines of Yahoo Sports.

Tucker, 37, is one of the strongest players in the league, so you could probably bet on him playing. That remains a concern for the Heat as they are one of their most important defenders.