For the second time in a row that ended in defeat, The Celtics were beaten in Game 1 — losing by 118-107 against Heat. Heat at the end of the Eastern Conference finals opener.
It’s difficult to view Tuesday’s defeat as anything other than an opportunity lost. They Celtics had to do not without Marcus Smart (mid-foot sprain) and Al Horford (health and safety procedures) however, they jumped through the first half with a massive lead that grew to at least 13.
Then after the second quarter it was the game turned into a disaster. Jayson Tatum along with Jaylen Brown could not stop turning over the ball (Tatum ended in the 3rd quarter with a shocking six) The Heat humiliated the Celtics with an impressive 20-2 run to erase the deficit, rendering the Celtics their 9-0 response not enough. Jimmy Butler stole pass after pass, as Tatum was able to turn the ball over seven times and Brown was unable to get a rhythm in the shooting up until fourth quarterand at that point, the game became in the end a loss. The Celtics beat by a score of 63-41 against the Heat in the opening third, second and fourth quarters but the Heat prevailed in the third quarter 39-14 that proved to be utterly insurmountable.