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Forever Buff Derrick White has strong shooting performance in Eastern Conference finals opener

It didn’t result in a win, but Derrick White was a strong contributor coming off the Boston Celtics’ bench in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.

The former Colorado men’s basketball guard shot 4-for-6 from the field, including a team-high three 3-point makes, and finished with 11 points on the night. He also added two rebounds, an assist and a steal in Boston’s 123-116 loss to the surging Miami Heat.

White, who recently earned NBA All-Defensive honors, was also tasked with guarding Jimmy Butler at times.

If Boston can recover from its Game 1 loss and take the best-of-seven series, White could be in Colorado for the NBA Finals if the Denver Nuggets advance as well.

White’s Celtics host Miami in Game 2 on Friday.

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