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BOSTON (57 - 29) vs. MIAMI (54 - 31)
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Eastern Conference - Conference Finals - Best Of 7 - Game 4 - Lake Buena Vi
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games57-29+8.949-3340-44112.855.146.0%54.3106.551.743.6%52.8
Road Games34-20+7.432-1824-29111.154.445.6%54.4106.051.243.0%53.2
Last 5 Games2-3-3.32-33-1109.256.045.2%55.8108.249.243.1%50.6
Playoff Games9-5+1.49-54-9108.356.145.5%54.3102.148.641.1%51.7
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.855.141-8946.0%12-3536.0%19-2380.3%541023228136
vs opponents surrendering111.155.940-8845.8%12-3535.7%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.154.440-8845.6%12-3535.4%19-2379.8%541022228135
Stats Against (All Games)106.551.738-8743.6%12-3533.5%19-2477.1%531022217145
vs opponents averaging111.255.941-8845.9%12-3436.0%18-2377.2%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.051.237-8743.0%12-3533.4%20-2578.1%531022217145

MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games54-31+1745-3849-34112.057.646.6%53.1108.654.144.8%50.0
Road Games27-26+6.526-2627-24109.356.345.2%52.5109.555.045.1%51.2
Last 5 Games3-2+1.83-23-1109.450.444.4%51.0108.854.845.3%51.2
Playoff Games10-2+1110-25-6111.554.745.4%52.6105.454.245.2%48.4
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.057.639-8446.6%14-3637.8%20-2678.8%53926208145
vs opponents surrendering111.455.841-8945.7%12-3435.7%18-2377.5%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.356.338-8445.2%13-3736.0%20-2578.8%52925218145
Stats Against (All Games)108.654.139-8644.8%13-3734.7%19-2478.2%50924228144
vs opponents averaging111.75641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.555.039-8645.1%13-3635.5%19-2578.9%51924228144
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.7,  MIAMI 96.1
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
COACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)
KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry Rozier.
KEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen Edwards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn't: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He'll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It's an especially big year for Brown. The Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend his contract for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role facilitating offense in the half court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.
MIAMI: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished in 10th place in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruder.
KEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers Leonard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade ' who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year's draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he'll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but has missed 94 games in the last three seasons.
OUTLOOK: The Heat haven't won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role ' even without Wade, who was the team's best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he'll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won't be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn't the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.
Rejuvenated Celtics look to pull even with Heat

Rejuvenated by a lengthy layoff following their Game 3 victory, the Boston Celtics look to even their Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night near Orlando.

The Celtics dropped the first two games of the best-of-seven series before leading wire-to-wire in a 117-106 win Saturday. The game was followed by three days off for scheduling purposes, with the series set to resume its every-other-day format Wednesday.

Boston is looking to win consecutive playoff games for the first time since the start of its second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. Miami attempts to respond to just its second loss of the postseason.

The Celtics were aware of the break they would be afforded when they leaned heavily on their stars in Saturday's crucial win. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker combined for 72 points, each playing more than 40 minutes. Even Gordon Hayward, who took the court for his first game since an ankle injury sustained on Aug. 17 sidelined him for more than a month, played 31 minutes off the bench.

"I didn't anticipate playing him 31 minutes, but I didn't think he looked like he was completely gassed either," said coach Brad Stevens. "I thought there were times where he obviously wanted to come out, and we took him out for a quick breather. I was more worried about the conditioning aspect of it than necessarily the structure of the ankle."

With Hayward back in tow, Boston maintained control throughout Game 3. The Celtics shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and outscored the Heat 60-36 in the paint, leading by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter.

It was a much-needed response for a team that showed signs of cracking with a locker room shouting match as reported in the wake of losing Game 2.

"Even though we go through adversity, we still are a family and we are going to need to have moments like that where we go through adversity, we say what we have to say, we all come together and get our emotions out, and we go take it out on the other team," said guard Marcus Smart.

Miami has been even-keeled throughout the series, with players often citing the trust they have in each other as a factor. But after falling behind by double digits in each of the first three games of the series (14 points in Game 1, 17 points in Game 2), the need for more urgency is apparent.

"I think it gets old, playing from behind consistently," Heat forward Jimmy Butler said. "Especially against a great team like Boston and what they bring to the table."

Butler is averaging 17.0 points per game through the first three games, ceding scoring responsibilities to Bam Adebayo (22.0) and Goran Dragic (21.7). The five-time All-Star might need to be more aggressive as the Celtics try to battle back.

"We have to play basketball the way we have been playing the games that we have been winning," Butler said. "We understand that. There's nothing that coach can say. There's nothing that (team veteran Udonis Haslem) can say. We get it. We have to be the ones to fix that."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/20/2020 9:18:46 AM EST

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