Celtics vs. Heat
Date: Tuesday, May 17
Start time: 8:30 PM ET
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: WatchESPN, ESPN App
Update — Marcus Smart and Al Horford have been ruled out for Game 1.
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After a grueling seven-game series with the Bucks, the Celtics will now have to face a pesky Heat defense without homecourt advantage. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been great for Boston, but the key here could be the play of Grant Williams and Marcus Smart. If Boston’s role players keep hitting triples at this clip, it’ll be hard for Miami to lock up Tatum and Brown.
Jimmy Butler has thrust himself into the postseason limelight with his play and postgame comments. The Heat are going to be without Kyle Lowry for Game 1 and potentially longer, which definitely impacts them defensively. We’ll see how much Butler, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo can handle in Lowry’s absence. Miami’s three-point shooting has been wildly inconsistent in the playoffs, so that could be where the Heat see themselves lose an edge to the Celtics.