An erratic Game 5 was the one offered in the Eastern Conference Final by the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat in which at the end of the four periods the visitor was favored to win 93-80 and go ahead 3-2 in the series to the best of seven.
Coach Ime Udoka and Erik Spoelstra’s quintets were unrecognizable on the court of Miami’s FTX Arena, because at the end of the first half they had scored 37 and 42 points, respectively, for the advantage in favor of those from Florida.
The Heat had the obligation to win at home to take the advantage and travel calmly to Boston awaiting the sixth game that will be on Friday at the TD Garde; however, he was erratic both individually and collectively. Bam Adebayo was Miami’s best performer posting a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while team star Jimmy Butler walked away with 13 points.
As a team, the Heat had poor numbers: 31.9% from the field, 15.6% from the arc; he recovered a bit from the free throw line where he posted 92.9%.
Boston was not much superior, but his 46.5% from the field and 30.3% beyond the arc slightly ‘made up’ the failures from the ‘line of sighs’ of which they left with 73.9%.
The Celtic ‘Big Three’ had their best ancestor in Jayson Tatum, recording a double-double of 22 points and a dozen rebounds; Jaylen Brown contributed 25 points and DPOY Marcus Smart finished with 5 points, one of his worst numbers of the season.
Boston has an unbeatable opportunity to advance to the NBA Finals if it wins at home on Friday, perhaps already knowing its rival in the dispute for the Larry O’Brien trophy.