Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat to lead series 3-2

The Boston-Miami series has set humanity back 20 years.Image: Getty Images A lot of sports fandom and analysis is about feel vs. facts, which can go pretty haywire at times. It definitely “feels” like these NBA playoffs have been uniquely blowout-heavy, but it kind of turns out they haven’t been. There just hasn’t been any … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – For the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the most important ability has been availability

MIAMI – In late January, the San Antonio Spurs traded backup guard Bryn Forbes to the Denver Nuggets. Five months later, that unassuming move has made a major impact on the 2022 Eastern Conference finals. It was the opening of an opportunity for the Boston Celtics that has been fully realized, as they have pushed … Read more

Jaylen Brown leads Celtics’ second-half turnaround as Boston beats Miami Heat to reach brink of advancing to NBA Finals

1:04 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI – The Boston Celtics found themselves trailing the Miami Heat by five, on the road, at halftime of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. And yet, the Celtics felt just fine. They couldn’t have played much worse in the first half, committing 10 turnovers and … Read more

Boston Celtics’ ‘sense of urgency’ from start to finish propels Game 4 blowout of Miami Heat to even East finals

1:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON – When things have gone poorly for the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, it has been when they’ve lost focus and allowed Miami to speed them up and turn them over, leading to fast-break points – the one consistent way the Heat have scored in this series. … Read more

Trailing Miami Heat, Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics seek to ‘combat some of their aggressiveness’

3:37 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON – The Boston Celtics pride themselves on being the more physical team in every game they play. It’s something coach Ime Udoka has made a point of emphasis since taking over as the team’s coach last summer, and has played a huge part in Boston’s massive midseason turnaround. But … Read more