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Celtics try to even the series in Eastern Conference finals
The Miami Heat dominated the Boston Celtics in the second half of Game 1 to cruise to a 118-107 win in large part due to Jimmy Butler's 41-point performance. The Celtics looked like the aggressor early in the game, but looked shellshocked in the second half when the Heat began to turn up the pressure. Missing two starters in Marcus Smart and Al Horford certainly played a part, but Boston will have to figure out a way to remain consistent on both ends of the floor in Game 2 so it doesn't get down in an 0-2 series hole.
Game 1 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals was a tale of two halves.
The Celtics entered the locker room at halftime with an eight-point lead over the Heat and appeared to be in complete control of the series opener. Boston star Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his 29 points in the first half, carrying over his success from the second round.
But the momentum shifted quickly in the third quarter. The Heat outscored the Celtics 39-14 behind a dominant performance from Jimmy Butler, who had 17 points and three steals in that frame. He finished with 41 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks in Miami's 118-107 victory.
Now, the Heat will look to once again protect their home court and take a 2-0 series lead. Can the Celtics steal Game 2 at FTX Arena?
Here's everything you need to know about Celtics vs. Heat, including a full schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals.
(1) Miami Heat vs. (2) Boston Celtics
When: Thursday, May 19 | 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: FTX Arena -- Miami, Florida
TV: ESPN | Live stream: FuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: MIA -180; BOS +155; O/U 207.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Heat: If there's one thing to criticize about Miami's performance in Game 1, it would be their first-half play. Specifically how they defended the paint, which wasn't good. The Heat surrendered 42 points in the paint to the Celtics in the first half, a staggering number for a team that allowed the fewest points in the paint during the regular season. In the end, it didn't matter much as Miami played tougher defense after halftime, but it would be more beneficial for the Heat to start the game stronger and not let Robert Williams III get whatever he wants around the rim.
Celtics: Boston might've won Game 1 had they played just halfway better than they did in the third quarter of that contest. Getting outscored 39-14 can't happen, even if they were without Smart and Horford. Tatum went ghost in the second half after racking up 21 points in the first two quarters, and Jaylen Brown only came alive in the fourth quarter when the game was practically out of reach. The Celtics threw the first punch in the first half, but did not respond well at all when the Heat began to counter. That can't happen again, and with the news that Smart is probable for Game 2, they'll have a better shot at making sure there isn't a repeat of the third quarter in Game 1.
Celtics vs. Heat schedule, TV channels
Here is the full schedule for the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.