NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Injury Updates, Lineup and Predictions

Published 09/17/2020, 4:30 PM EDT
Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during overtime in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


What we thought would be a fatigued Boston Celtics team facing a well-rested Miami heat turned out to be a major nail-biter Game 1. Ultimately, the match had to go into overtime to determine a winner. Now, with Miami Heat in the lead, the Celtics need to bring back their rhythm. Although both teams traded blows for the most part of the game, the Heat threw the last punch.

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Miami Heat injury updates and lineup predictions

Miami Heat has shown offensive and defensive prowess throughout their playoff run this season. In addition, they may have selected key players, but they know exactly how to run the team on the court. Goran Dragic was their top scorer for game 1, dropping 29 points and 7 rebounds. Not only that, but he also had plenty of help from Jimmy Butler, who contributed plenty of clutch plays down the stretch.

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Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes up for a shot past Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

Talking about the defense, Bam Adebayo’s spectacular game-winning block on Jayson Tatum’s dunk was a sight to watch. Jae Crowder also proved to be an excellent addition by scoring 22 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. The only area they could improve upon is defending Tatum around the perimeter. Rookie guard, Tyler Herro’s performance was a testament to what their young players can achieve as well. With only Chris Silva (pelvis) still out, the heat has a healthy roster at their disposal.

The predicted lineup would be Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Jae Crowder, Goran Dragic, and Duncan Robinson.

Boston Celtics injury updates and lineup predictions

The Celtics need a minute to analyze their previous game. They were average down the stretch and continuously threw clumsy three-pointers. A performance like this won’t help them make it to the NBA Finals after almost a decade. They did not beat the defending champions to go back without putting up a better fight.

Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) passes the ball while Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) defends during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics, but they still need to figure out how to make Kemba Walker get-going. Walker can be one of the most threatening players, but he has lost his mojo since their series against the Raptors. Their defense was no less of a problem, which the Heat took full advantage of. The return of their shooting guard, Gordon Hayward, is still hanging in the background and one shouldn’t hold their breath on it.

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The predicted lineup would be Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Daniel Theis, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown.

Game predictions

Hayward’s involvement could play a huge role in the Celtics’ fate. There is no doubt the Celtics know what’s at stake and will probably look to level the series. To be fair, they entered this series after playing a tiring seven games against the Raptors. Look for the Celtics to make a comeback in game 2 of the ECF.

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Will Celtics be able to make the required adjustments to even it out, or will the Heat walk away with a 2-0 lead?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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