NBA Twitter Left in Shock Looking at Miami Heat’s Meltdown Against the Boston Celtics in ECF Game 4

Published 05/23/2022, 10:43 PM EDT

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With four teams left standing in the race for the NBA finals, the competition is really heating up. On one side, the Golden State Warriors have a 3-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks. However, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are in a back-and-forth battle. With Game 4, the Celtics, who were 1-2 down, have roared in. They dominated the Heat in the first quarter, with Jayson Tatum alone outscoring the entire Miami team.

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The best defensive team kept Miami to just 11 points as they burst into the Garden and made things worse for the Heat.

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Celtics got no problems with handling the Heat

Throughout the regular season, Miami has shown just how deep their squad runs, and Game 3 was another such instance. With their top scorer out, Bam Adebayo stepped up big time, surpassing his entire series’ tally in just one game. It is tough for any team to contain them, as they have such lethal weapons in all corners of the floor. However, it seems the Celtics have the formula figured out with a 29-11 first quarter display.

Jayson Tatum scored 12 of the 29 points himself and fans reacted to the shocking turn of events.

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With Game 4 heading to the end of the third quarter, the Celtics haven’t stopped punishing their ECF rivals. Their All-Star forward, Jayson Tatum has burst through scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists for the night. Despite not having Smart and Jaylen Brown struggling to make his shots, Boston has kept their defense on the point. Notably, Robert Williams and Al Horford have been huge and combined for 5 blocks. They are one-quarter away from evening things up as they rally with the home crowd.

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On the other hand, it has been a night to forget for the Miami Heat. With no starter scoring in double digits (Bam is leading the way with just 9 points), all the players have struggled to make their own plays. They suffered a big blow with Sixth Man of The Year, Tyler Herro, missing out. However, Victor Oladipo filled in well, scoring 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench so far. As for the starters, Tucker and Struss are yet to get on the board.

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After such an embarrassing hit for the Heat, their confidence will take a major dip. However, their roster is filled with tough players who will have no problem bouncing back. Do you think Miami will be back in their element once they get home? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.
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