When Ace Awakens, Boston Comes Alive
- on May 24, 2023
The will of the Boston Celtics players to avoid the humiliation of the ‘sweep’ was stronger than ever. Boston won the game, which was eliminated if it lost, and succeeded in reviving the knight.
Boston won a 116-99, 17-point victory over My Mae Heat in Game 4 of the 2022-2023 NBA Eastern Conference finals (4 wins out of 7) held at the Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida, on the 24th. Boston, which was on the verge of being eliminated by giving away the 3rd game away following the 1st and 2nd games held at home, made a turning point by escaping from the edge of the cliff. Game 5 will be held at Boston’s home, TD Garden, on the 26th.
On the other hand, Miami, which entered the playoffs as the 8th seed through the play-in tournament and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the highest overall win rate in the 1st round, and the 5th seed New York Knicks in the 2nd round, and advanced to the finals, became the second 8th-seeded champion of all time. The opportunity to advance to the finals was postponed to a later date.
But history still says Miami has an advantage. Never in NBA history has a team ever allowed a comeback by winning three games first in the playoffs.
Boston, which finished runner-up after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the championship game last season, joined the playoffs this season in second place in the Eastern Conference and was considered a strong candidate for the championship. However, in the first round, they had a bloody battle with the 7th seed Atlanta Hawks until the 7th game, and in the 2nd round, they met the 3rd seed Philadelphia 76ers and played a close game 7 as well.
Boston, which had no choice but to be inferior in terms of stamina, still gave away games 1 to 3 in vain, hurting its pride. There was no choice but to have a different resolution to face the 4th game.
Boston’s ace Jayson Tatum led the counterattack. Tatum, who lost his face by only scoring 14 points in Game 3, saved the team with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, including 4 3-pointers, on the day. In particular, he led the victory by driving 14 points only in the third quarter, which was the match. All four players other than Tatum scored double-digit points and continued to play evenly throughout.
Boston,토토사이트 which trailed 50-56 in the first half, ended the third quarter with Tatum’s performance in the lead, turning the tide of the game 88-79. In Miami, Jimmy Butler played hard with 29 points and 9 rebounds, but lost its shine with defeat.