So good. We knew this series was going to be basketball porn for us basketball junkies who love Xs and Os on plays and shot creation, and it more than lived up to the hype. Both coaches couldn’t stop talking about how tough it was to get their game plans to work, and I can’t wait to see what’s on deck for Game 2.
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics (-2.5), 7:00 pm ET
Team Totals: Heat 103, Celtics 105.5
Injury News: Gordon Hayward (ankle) has been upgraded to doubtful (more below) and Javonte Green (knee) is doubtful, Chris Silva remains out.
Heat Expected Starters: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo
Celtics Expected Starters: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis
Heat Rotation Notes: Spo went 10 deep in both halves, Duncan Robinson’s three fouls kept him to three minutes in the first half, two minutes of Kendrick Nunn with Dragic (Robinson foul trouble), no Kelly Olynyk overlap with Bam, Tyler Herro closed again (duh) and came in early for Duncan foul trouble, Crowder and Bam played the full fourth and OT (Dragic just missed under a minute).
Celtics Rotation Notes: Brad Wanamaker had a 10- and 14-minute stint in each half, two minutes of Grant Williams at the five in 2Q and two in OT (Theis foul out), Jaylen and Smart continue to get big overlap with each other, Semi Ojeleye didn’t play after half (nine minutes in first half).
Spo Quotes: He said the Celtics’ defense kept the Heat from getting into a good offensive rhythm, his team has to be detailed in every possession, he suggested that “everyone was on the same page” about how tough it was against the Boston defense and that they basically just let Jimmy handle the key possessions and they “just put the ball in their best player’s hands” when the game was on the line. On Tyler Herro, Spo said the Heat “need a lot of the skill set that he brings” like off-dribble plays and shooting against a well-disciplined defense. On Wednesday, he said the Heat “were getting our asses kicked going into the fourth quarter.”