This season’s NBA playoff has been a dramatic one filled with incredible comebacks and excellent individual performances. One team that has been excellent since the playoffs began has been none other than Miami Heat.
Miami Heat has been sensational in the playoffs so far this season. Following their remarkable triumph over the Pacers and this season’s title favorites Milwaukee Bucks in the playoff first round and Eastern Conference Semifinals, respectively, the Heat’s next task was a difficult tie against the Boston Celtics. Boston Celtics progressed to the Eastern Conference finals on the back of a brilliant series win over the reigning Champions Toronto Raptors. However, after four games against the Celtics, it looks like the Heat hold their destiny in their own hands. After the recent 112-109 win over the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, Miami Heat is in pole position to make the NBA finals as they lead 3-1. However, they will have to win Game 5 to make their NBA finals dream a reality.
Ahead of Game 5, we take a look at some of the talking points from Miami Heat’s convincing 112-109 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4.
Tyler Herro shines bright on the big stage for Miami Heat once again
This season has been an excellent rookie campaign for the Heat’s talented Shooting Guard Tyler Herro, who has been outstanding in the postseason. In all 13 postseason games, Herro has averaged 16.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 3.9 assists per game. Herro also has 44.8 % for Field Goal percentages, 37.8% for 3-Point Field Goal Percentages, and 88.9% for Free Throw Percentages.
Herro was the star of the show in Game 4 as he finished the game with an incredible career-high 37 points from the bench in the 112-109 win over the Boston Celtics. He also completed the game with an additional six rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes. For a rookie playing in the first playoffs of his NBA career, Herro’s performances have been excellent. Herro’s 37 points in Game 4 are the most points scored by a rookie from the bench in a playoff game since 1971. Herro also finished Game 4with an impressive 14-for-21 shooting effort and five 3-pointers.
Herro’s 37 points were also the second-most points scored by an NBA player aged 20 or below in the NBA playoffs history behind Magic Johnson’s higher tally for the Lakers at a younger age. In the Heat’s recent two games against the Celtics, Herro has scored 59 points in 72 minutes on an impressive 22-of-39 shooting.
In the playoffs so far, Herro has transitioned from just an additional player on the bench to a potential game-changer who can make significant contributions for the Heat after his introduction into a game. At this rate, Herro could become one of the league’s best players in the next few years.
Bam Adebayo continues to be the Heat’s unsung hero
Tyler Herro may have grabbed the headlines after Game 4, but there is no doubt that Bam Adebayo’s performances were also a significant factor behind the Heat’s win. Bam Adebayo was vital for the Heat in every aspect of their game, finishing the match with an impressive 20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
In the series against the Celtics, Bam Adebayo has been incredibly consistent. In Game 1 against the Celtics, Adebayo caught the attention with a magnificent block at the rim against Celtics star man Jayson Tatum. In Game 4, Adebayo’s tenacity and willingness to continue creating openings for his teammates in the latter stages of the fourth quarter showed how influential he is in the Heat’s team. Adebayo’s partnership with star man Jimmy Butler has also been vital to the Heat’s fairytale run in the playoffs so far.
If Adebayo continues to make significant contributions, the Heat could find themselves breezing past any opponent comfortably to win another NBA title.
Goran Dragic continues to prove his value to Miami Heat
It has been a remarkable turnaround for Point Guard Goran Dragic this season. The 34-year old Dragic spent most parts of the regular season on the bench. However, Dragic has become a mainstay in the starting lineup since the NBA restart at the expense of Kendrick Nunn. In all playoff games, Dragic has shown quality in the offensive department of the game, and Game 4 against the Celtics was no exception. Dragic finished the Heat’s recent match with 22 points, five rebounds, and three assists. In the first quarter of Game 4, Dragic assisted Bam Adebayo and Jae Crowder to score and give the Heat a rare five-point lead halfway in the quarter. He also scored a crucial 3 points in the closing minutes of the game to stretch Heat’s lead to seven.
In the playoffs, Dragic is averaging 21.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and an additional 1.0 steals per game.
There is no doubt that Dragic is still a valuable player on the Heat roster. However, he will enter free agency after the playoffs. The Heat would have to do everything they can to keep hold of Dragic for the next few seasons if he continues his recent form.