Jayson Tatum’s contribution was important for Boston to become an NBA finalist. Photo Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP
The Boston Celtics advanced Monday morning to the 2022 NBA Finals, where they will face the Golden State Warriors, after beating the Miami Heat 100-96 as guests in the seventh game and win the Eastern Conference final 4-3.
the trident Jayson Tatum, Jaylene Brown Y Marcus Smart is essential for the historic Massachusetts franchise to access the opportunity to go in search of his eighteenth ring in the NBAin a decisive series he hasn’t reached since 2010, when he lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, a rival to whom he earned his last allocation, in 2008.
Tatum He spent 45 and a half minutes on the field, where he scored an a double figure on your return. The forward converted 26 points and had 10 rebounds, in addition to contributing 6 assists, 1 steal and a block.
His flanks, Brown and Smart, each scored 24 points. The shooting guard added 6 rebounds and the same number of moves to his production, while the point guard signed his card with 9 recovered balls using the boards, 5 goal passes and two recoveries.
The Boston Celtics established themselves in the East and returned to the NBA Finals after 12 years. Photo by AP/Wilfredo Lee.
The The Celtics, who in January of this year were in 11th place in the East and now that they have qualified for the 2022 Finals, they had an unbeatable start to the game and took a distance of 15 points by the end of the first quarter, with with oil offense and solid defense.
Miami responded from the second period, but whenever he tried to narrow the continuing gap with her he was met with a stern response from Boston. This way, they only got the partial by 32-23 and went into the break with a disadvantage of only 6 points.
In the second half there was no significant change in terms of development. The Celtics are always in the leaddespite the Heat’s continued attempts to catch up.
It was only in the last minutes that the rivalry Miami FTX Arena there is a question mark in the result. It was when Jimmy Butler, the best on his team with 35 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 48 minutes, had in his hands the possibility to put the Florida team ahead with a three -point shots that do not enter. the basket, with 16 seconds left.
Later, Marcus Smart went into the lane and arranged the fight, paying a large sum to Miami for Butler’s lack of cooperation throughout the game. Only Bam Adebayo, with 25 points, and Kyle Lowry, with 15 units, surpassed the double figures in their offensive production.
The final, against the Warriors
Boston and Golden State, who beat the Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in the Western Conference final, will meet in the 2022 Finals beginning Thursday, June 2. The game that opens the series will take place on Chase Center from San Francisco, home of the Warriors.
The Celtics are, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, the winning teams in the NBA, with 17 titles each. The Warriors, with six rings, are chasing two teams to wins, as are the Chicago Bulls.
Jayson Tatum, the MVP of the Eastern finals
Jayson Tatum was recognized as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the Eastern Conference finals.
“It’s a great honor. Not many people believed us,” said Tatum, who wore a wristband with the number 24 of the late Kobe Bryant and the colors of the Lakers, the archrival of Boston.
In this regard, Tatum explained: “He’s my favorite player. I want to have something to teach him and it will work.”
Jayson Tatum is the MVP of the Eastern finals. Photo by AP/Lynne Sladky.
In mid-January, the Celtics were out of places to access the playoffs (‘play in’). Some voices were called to destroy the duo of stars that make up Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and others to dismiss the technician Ime Udokamaking his debut as head coach in the league.
But Brad Stevens, the team’s athletic president and coach until last season, stayed his bet on the block and raised the roster with the signing of point guard Derrick White, who played a key role at various points in playoffs.
The team strong reaction and, after finishing second in the East in the regular season, they surprised the playoffs by eliminating the Brooklyn Nets by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and Milwaukee Bucks by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning champions.
With information from the AFP.