Celtics comeback falls short, Heat take Game 3, 109-103
The Boston Celtics got the turnovers and the Miami Heat got the win. The bad Celtics came to play n the first half and the Heat went up by 25 points. In the third quarter Jimmy Butler got injured and was out for the rest of the game, while Marcus Smart also got injured, but returned to the thrill of the crowd.
The comeback fell short and the Heat regain home court advantage and take a 2-1 series lead. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in scoring with a 40 piece, but he was also one of the worst of the team's turnover culprits. Jayson Tatum was a complete no show in the 2nd half. Al Horford had a 20 point, double double but Robert Williams frustratingly was out injured again and Bam Adebayo took full advantage leading the Heat with 31 points.
The Celtics finished with more turnovers than assists. Game 4 will take place at the TD Garned Monday night.
What an embarrassing first half by the Celtics. Zero excuses. https://t.co/U373m3x0PN— CelticsLife.com (@celticslife) May 22, 2022
Marcus Smart returns pic.twitter.com/kQz9I4rit9— CelticsLife.com (@celticslife) May 22, 2022
Tatum is 0-for-4 with 2 points in the second half. #Celtics #Heat— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) May 22, 2022
Yeesh. Don't go down 26 points and we win this easily lol. Yikes.— Professor of Wisdom 🇬🇩🇻🇨 (@Serendiptious) May 22, 2022
Marcus Smart ended up fouling out and getting a technical afterwards.
And now Smart gets a tech. That's 2019-20 Smart here. This has not been a good game for him and most of the other #Celtics— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) May 22, 2022
Ime Udoka said it was disappointing to come out so flat in a Conference Finals game: "We didn't match that (intensity) from the start. It looked like we were wilting to their pressure."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 22, 2022
Udoka indicating everything Miami did was expected but Boston just didn't have it physically.— Warren Shaw 🇯🇲 (@ShawSportsNBA) May 22, 2022