With the Miami Heat dropping game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics, Miami faces a 3-2 deficit, and their championship hopes are growing thin. With the window closing for many Heat stars, it’s now or never.
Backs against the wall now. pic.twitter.com/fd1anil0nr— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 26, 2022
Miami Goes Ice Cold in Key Games
Following a dominant performance led by Bam Adebayo (31 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals), and a defensive clinic all-around, the Heat stole Game 3 in Boston without superstar forward, Jimmy Butler, in a 109-103 win.
With the chance to extend the series lead to 3-1 moving into Game 4, the Heat got pinned against the wall in the next two games, shifting all momentum in favor of Boston.
In a horrid Game 4 performance, the Heat’s starting 5 combined for 18 points on 7/36 shooting and 1/10 from downtown.
The Boston Celtics dominated for 48 straight minutes, opening the game on an 18-1 run, and ending with a 20-point victory. Although both teams shot the ball… inefficiently, the real turning point came from the free throw line, where Boston quadrupled Miami’s total free throws made – 8 to 32.
Moving back to Miami, with the series tied at two games apiece, Game 5 turned out to be another lackluster performance by the Heat, shooting 32% from the field and 15.6% from deep.
The Celtics demoralized Miami in the third quarter, pouring in 32 points to the Heat’s 16, and came out on top in another dominant win.
It’s Now or Never
Father Time is closing its hands on the Miami Heat, and they may not have much longer to take advantage. With several key players slowly moving out of their prime, the window of opportunity is coming to a close.
- P.J. Tucker – 37 years old
- Kyle Lowry – 36 years old
- Jimmy Butler – 32 years old (turns 33 in September)
- Victor Oladipo – 30 years old
The Heat threw a lot of eggs in their basket for the 2021-22 season, signing the additions of Kyle Lowry to a 3-year, $85M contract and P.J. Tucker to a 2-year, $14M contract, while giving major contract extensions to Jimmy Butler (4-year, $184M), Bam Adebayo (5-year, $163M), and Duncan Robinson (5-year, $90M).
This year is as good as ever to bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy back home to Miami. With their backs against the wall facing elimination, it’s now or never for these aging stars.
How much longer do you think this Heat team has to win a championship?
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