The Boston Celtics are on the board in the Eastern Conference Finals after taking Game 3 over the Miami Heat. With the series now at 2-1, the Celtics aim to even the series with a Game 4 win to make it a best two-out-of-three scenario to reach the NBA Finals while the Heat try and put themselves one win away from reaching the championship. Here are three things to watch in a pivotal Game 4.
This isn’t fluke shooting, Miami has the best cadre of shooters remaining in the playoffs. The key, however, is the timing. When the Celtics have lost the rope defensively and gotten away from their gameplan, the Heat have played and shot phenomenally exactly in those stretches.
Marcus Smart is clearly embracing Anakin’s role (flirting with the dark side while holding the keys to balance within the force - or team in this instance. With their Jedi leader returning to the floor, the young padawans fell in line, evidenced by four Celtics scoring twenty or more points each. Setting the tone from the opening tip, the Celtics got to work in the paint, operating with an urgency seldom seen in the first two games against the Heat.