“We believe we can win. We can beat anyone, whether it’s the top team in the league.”
Faith became reality. This is the story of the Miami Heat, who are on the verge of advancing to the Finals as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Game 3 of the Eastern Finals between Miami and Boston Celtics on the 22nd (Korean time).
The score was 93-63 at the end of the third quarter. It was a one-sided lead for Miami.
Miami, who finished 8th in the regular season and made it to the playoffs with difficulty through the play-in tournament. It was a long way from the original championship.
However, in the first round, they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 seed in the league, 4-1, and in the second round, they also defeated the New York Knicks, the No. 5 seed in the East.
The Conference Finals against No. 2 seed Boston in the East. Miami won the 1st and 2nd games on the road, as well as the 3rd game at home.
In particular, Game 3 was a game where Miami completely dominated Boston in both offense and defense. Team centerpieces Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, as well as undrafted players such as Gabby Vincent, Caleb Martin, Max Struss and Duncan Robinson, all scored in double digits and led the team to a 26-point margin. Eric Spoelstra’s ever-changing tactics also shined.
It was the first time in NBA history that the #8 seed had won by 25 points in the playoffs. After the match, Adebayo explained the secret to success by saying, “We believe in each other. We also believe that we can win whoever our opponent is. We play with the will to win unconditionally.”
Boston, on the other hand, was lethargic. In the regular season, the best duo in the league, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, threw a lot of airballs from the perimeter.
Last season ‘Defender of the Year’ Marcus Smart was not in control of his emotions, receiving a technical foul. “I lost the support of the players in the locker room. They don’t listen to me anymore. I don’t know why,” Boston coach Joe Mazzula said after Game 3.메이저놀이터
Seed numbers are no longer meaningful. If Miami wins just one more, they’ll go straight to the Finals.
In the NBA Playoffs, which was played in a best-of-seven game, 3-0 was a total of 149 times. The series has never been overturned with 3 wins and 4 losses.