NBA Playoffs Insight into the Celtics Blowout in Game 4 vs. Miami: The Bounce-Back Kings Must Deliver

The Boston Celtics delivered an impressive response to their previous defeat in Game 4 – again. Now the playoffs’ bounce-back kings should also deliver in game 5. Newfound father power and another defensive exclamation point might help. The findings.

1. Celtics vs. Heat: A defensive exclamation point

4/17 successful triangles, 37.2 percent field goal rate – that was the rather meager result of the Celtics attack after the first 24 minutes. It should not have mattered to most fans in the sizzling TD Garden, despite the manageable odds, Boston was ahead by 24 points! The match was actually already settled at the break, the home team defense put an impressive exclamation point in the 102: 82 blowout in match 4.

After game 3, coach Ime Udoka was not very happy with how his boys had started the game. Everyone involved apparently took the 44-year-old’s words to heart, this time Boston took no prisoners from the first second. Opponent’s night started like this: Turnover Bam Adebayo, Jumper to ring by Adebayo, Fadeaway by Jimmy Butler to ring, Floater by PJ Tucker to ring. It all could go on like this or that for a good eight and a half minutes of play.

It took so long for Miami to put up a trick in the form of a successful field goal at all. The Heat, on the other hand, did not produce anything that could be counted from the first 14 attempts. According to ESPN it was the longest drought to start a playoff game since 2009. When Victor Oladipo finally scored from the field, the deficit was already 17 points. Miami could not get over it.

“It was not our best night offensively, but defensively we were elite most of the time,” Udoka said happily. “We still have room for improvement, but we can always count on the defense.” Even without the reigning defender of the year, Marcus Smart had to pass injured (ankle), Boston did not give the opponent any freedom. This underscores how strong this defense really is.

The Celtics benefited from the return of Robert Williams, who was back on the pitch after a break in the game. Although the center limped visibly in the third quarter with an injured knee, he gave himself ready. Before that, he still made a very good impression. Williams and Al Horford killed Adebayo, who was still dominant in the previous game – when the heat rolled towards the zone, for example, Williams was usually already there to help – and hit the zone a block to the other and around them was excellent help in the form of good rotations or strong closeouts.

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