Previewing Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 6, Eastern Conference Finals — Celtics Wire

Can the Boston Celtics force a Game 7 with a win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of their East Finals series? Tonight, we find out.

Previewing Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 6, Eastern Conference Finals — Celtics Wire

Once again, the Boston Celtics find themselves in a win-or-go-home moment as they face the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Trailing the Heat three games to two, the Celtics will need to win not only tonight, but on Tuesday as well to advance to face the Los Angeles Lakers, who just eliminated the Denver Nuggets Saturday evening to advance to the 2020 NBA Finals.https://widgets.thescore.com/embeds/dd6e26d2-9585-4271-acff-e63be80f2d33/BEADC5C312A8E594097D8DCF756D506B

For now however, the focus is just on Game 6, as they can’t afford to get caught daydreaming about what might lie ahead lest they become one of the 27 other teams no longer playing this season in the process.

Boston’s bigs buoy Game 5 with Kanter and Theis making critical plays https://t.co/Db5A3zkoFa

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) September 27, 2020

Little has changed in terms of likely adjustments; Boston has seemed to have become much more comfortable busting Miami’s preferred mode of bigs-up-front 2-3 zone, and has found ways to minimize center Bam Adebayo’s lob threat inside.

So long as the team’s perimeter and transition defense remains crisp and connected, the tools have been assembled for the job.

The question is whether the Celtics can maintain the laser focus needed to defeat such a disciplined opponent; all of Boston’s losses are arguably a result of them not doing so.

How to watch or stream Miami Heat-Boston Celtics East Finals Game 6 https://t.co/uFWUDjwWLX

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) September 27, 2020

Injuries are largely the same, with only rookie wing Romeo Langford (wrist) out for Boston and the Heat returning the same players healthy as in Game 5.

We like this team’s chances so long as they play together the right way, and predict a solid win at 112-101.

Most online sportsbooks concur, floating the Celtics a -3 spread for the game.

LeBron James blew away his head coach after scoring 9 points in 2 minutes to send the Lakers to the Finals — Boston!

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LeBron James blew away his head coach after scoring 9 points in 2 minutes to send the Lakers to the Finals — Boston!

Third tiebreaker would give Blue Jays No. 5 seed with a win and a Yankees loss

From MLB.com

Yankees (33-26, .559)
Yesterday’s result: Won 11-4 vs. Marlins
Where they stand: The Yankees are one game ahead of the Blue Jays for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth and hold the AL’s fifth seed.
Key tiebreakers: The Yankees and Blue Jays split the season series, 5-5. The Yankees currently hold the tiebreaker with a better record vs. the AL East (23-17 to Toronto’s 22-17, though the Blue Jays have one game vs. Orioles remaining). The third tiebreaker is record vs. division opponents over the last 20 games. With a win today to pull even, the Jays would be 12-8 in their last 20 AL East games, giving them the tiebreaker over the Yankees (11-9).
Today’s schedule: vs. Marlins, 3:05 p.m. ET

Blue Jays (32-27, .542)
Yesterday’s result: Won 5-2 vs. Orioles
Where they stand: The Blue Jays are one game behind the Yankees for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth. They currently hold the No. 8 seed in the AL.
Key tiebreakers: The Yankees and Blue Jays split the season series, 5-5. The Yankees currently hold the tiebreaker with a better record vs. the AL East (23-17 to Toronto’s 22-17, though the Blue Jays have one game vs. Orioles remaining). The third tiebreaker is record vs. division opponents over the last 20 games. With a win today to pull even, the Jays would be 12-8 in their last 20 AL East games, giving them the tiebreaker over the Yankees (11-9).

Today’s schedule: vs. Orioles, 3:07 p.m. ET

–MLB.com

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