How to Watch Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time
How to Watch Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time
After a pair of Game 7s on Sunday, the NBA's conference final matchups are set. In the West, it'll be the No. 3 Warriors against the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks. In the East, it's the No. 1 Miami Heat vs. the No. 2 Boston Celtics.
Boston-Miami begins on Tuesday. Golden State-Dallas starts on Wednesday.
We've said all season that this was going to be a wild postseason, and it certainly has been. The title hasn't been this up for grabs in quite a while. It genuinely feels like any one of these four teams could end up in the Finals, but of course, we all have our opinions on who actually will make it.
With that in mind, below are our staff picks for both matchups, complete with the number of games we see each series going and an explanation of our picks. This is going to be fun.
The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are facing off for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night in Florida.
For the game, the two teams have announced their starting lineups as relayed by Underdog NBA.
The Celtics are the second seed in the Eastern Conference, and they beat the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first two rounds.
They swept the Nets, and then beat the Bucks in a Game 7 that took place on Sunday afternoon in Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers in the first two rounds.
They beat the Atlanta Hawks in five games, and the 76ers in six games.
The end of their series against the 76ers was on Thursday night, so they have been off for the last four days, while the Celtics have had only one day off since their last game.
The two teams faced off in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals, and the Heat won the series.
The Celtics haven't made it back to the NBA Finals since 2010, while the Heat advanced past the Celtics to the Finals in the 2020 Orlando Bubble, which delivered a thrilling six-game series with plenty of memorable moments... none better than Bam Adebayo's block on Jayson Tatum in Game 1.
Miami has yet to play a series to Game 7 during these Playoffs. In Round 1, the Heat finished the Atlanta Hawks in five games. They then went on to finish the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 (99-90) off 32 points from Jimmy Butler.
It’s the second time in three years that these teams will meet in the ECF, and the fifth ever playoffs series between Boston and Miami. Miami has won the last three postseason series against Boston, but the Celtics are 78-51 all-time against the Heat.
Heat, Celtics ready for challenge of 1-versus-2 conference finals
FLM May 16, 2022
The Miami Heat will begin pursuit of further Eastern Conference finals success when they host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
The top-seeded Heat have prevailed in six straight conference final appearances, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. Two of those series victories came against Boston (2012, 2020).
The second-seeded Celtics have dropped four straight Eastern Conference finals, including three in a four-season stretch from 2017-20.
While Miami has established a greater pattern of recent postseason success -- including three NBA titles since 2006 -- coach Erik Spoelstra sees nothing easy about playing the Celtics.
The 2021 postseason belonged to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 2020 postseason belonged to LeBron James. The 2019 postseason belonged to Kawhi Leonard. When the dust settles on the 2022 postseason, someone is going to stand on top of the mountain. Right now, there's no clear frontrunner for who that might be.
Antetokounmpo, James and Leonard are all out of the picture. So is Kevin Durant and the defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns. The MVP winner and runner-up? They're gone, too. Here's a fun fact: There is only one former Finals MVP still alive. Want to guess who it is? It's Andre Iguodala. There aren't just four teams vying for the title. There are four stars vying for the league's individual throne.
Supporting them are some of the deepest rosters you'll ever see at this stage of the postseason. There's not a superteam to be found in the 2022 conference finals. Instead, we have dozens of underappreciated youngsters trying to make their way in the league. Some are playing for contracts. Others for status. And we're going to rank the 20 best of them left in the playing field. (Note: Kyle Lowry would be listed below if not for the uncertainty due to his ailing hamstring injury. We're leaving him out because we just don't know his availability going forward.) swtjmnefdg