The two top seeds in the NBA’s Eastern Conference have been eliminated. The Miami Heat defeated the No.1 ranked Milwaukee Bucks in 5 games and the Boston Celtics upset the No.2 ranked Toronto Raptors in 7 games.
The Heat have been the best team in the NBA bubble. Miami swept the Indiana Pacers in round 1 and outplayed the Bucks in all 5 games. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic have been a dynamic 1-2 punch. They are averaging 42.9 points, 10 rebounds, and 8.7 assists combined per game. Bam Adebayo has contributed with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Tyler Herro has played like a veteran despite being 20-years old. He is averaging 14 points per game off the bench and plays crucial minutes down the stretch of games. The Heat defense is active, feisty, and physical.
The Celtics cruised passed the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The went on to defeat the defending NBA Champions, The Toronto Raptors, in 7 games.
Jayson Tatum has been the best player in the Eastern Conference. He is averaging 25.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Jalen Brown has averaged 21 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. Kemba Walker leads the team in assists and has scored 19.6 points per game since entering the NBA bubble.
Gordon Hayward has been practicing with the Celtics. He is averaging 17 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. If he is healthy, the Celtics should win this series. Marcus Smart and Butler will try to impose their will and physicality all series long. Do not be surprised if Enes Kanter plays some quality minutes for Boston. The Heat have great depth. The Celtics have the best “Big-3” left in the post-season.
Coach Brad Stevens will be the difference.
Take Boston to win in 6 games.
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