Boston and Jayson Tatum were on their way to celebrate being the Eastern Conference Champions, but Miami Heat were having none of it as they torched the Celtics Defense, and go down to a showdown Game 7.The Miami Heat aren’t done just yet, as we head to a do-or-die Game 7 on Sunday night in South Beach. Jimmy Butler led the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference to a crucial 111-103 victory in Game 6 at TD Garden to extend this series and keep their title hopes alive. Butler scored 47 points – a career playoff high and one of the best performances by a player facing elimination in NBA history .
Butler was fantastic for Miami when they needed him to be the most as he finished the win with a game-high 47 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4steals and 4 three-pointers. Butler also had Kyle Lowry put in a huge supporting performance in one of his best games of the postseason finishing with 18 points, 10 assists before ultimately fouling out.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown did all they could to steer the Celtics to their first Finals berth since 2010 , it wasn’t enough even though the two combined for 50 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists while shooting a combined 15/25 from the field. Not only that, Miami heat has gone onto establish their dominance, with the betting odds and momentum shifting in their favor ahead of Game 7. Quite unimaginable scenes in Boston as Celtics fans also gave out the saddest ever cheer to their team.
“On a scale of 1 to 10? 10” Jayson Tatum fired up for Game 7
It was “Deja Vu” for the Heat fans as Butler put in a performance for the ages, in a similar situation as ‘King James’, when he was at Miami. A decade ago, the Celtics won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in Miami to take a 3-2 lead on the Heat and went back home with a chance to close things out. LeBron James went berserk the next game, as he put together his famous “Game 6” performance, finishing with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to crush the Celtics’ dreams.
Watching the blazing hot form of Miami, any opponent would be cautious of how they approach Game 7. Despite the loss, in which an injury-ridden Heat team managed to shock the Celtics on their home floor thanks to Butler, Jayson Tatum is not scared of the Heat, as he is absolutely certain that Boston will come out on top when the situation demands them to.
“Scale of 1-10? Ten, it shouldn’t be any less than that, right? It’s the last game, this is what it’s all about. So on a scale of 1-10 it’s a 10 on my confidence level in myself and the group.” Tatum said after the Game 6 defeat, he is not backing down and neither are any of the Boston Players, as the fired up Celtics try to turn the tide in their favor
Celtics head coach Ime Udoka summed things up well during his postgame press conference, “We’ve won there, but we make it harder on ourselves than it needs to be.”
The Celtics came into Friday night’s Game 6 with a chance to close out the series and advance to the Finals for the first time since 2010. Instead, they’ll have to make another trip to Miami for Game 7, where they’ll need to win for the third time in the series in order to keep their season alive. Its Butler vs Tatum , Celtics vs Heat, in the heat of glory , who will survive ? Game 7 awaits !