Celtics stars warn Heat despite Game 4 elimination: ‘Let’s not win tonight’
No team has come from a 3-0 deficit and won a playoff series in the NBA, but the Boston Celtics are confident they can make history.
Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have reportedly issued a warning to their opponent ahead of Tuesday night’s Elimination Game 4 against the Miami Heat.
“Let’s not win tonight,” Brown said of The Athletic’s Jay King.
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Added Smart: “Let’s not get one.”
Only three NBA teams in history have tied a playoff series from a 3-0 deficit, but all three lost Game 7.
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While it’s a tough task, the Celtics know they can only fight and win on Tuesday night or their 2022-23 season is over.
Game 3 was a blast. The Heat won 128-102 behind Gabe Vincent with 29 points and Duncan Robinson with 22 points with no substitutes.
Brown and Jayson Tatum scored 12-35 points (34.2%) together and only managed 26 points. Tatum hit just one of his seven three-pointers.
In the fourth quarter, the reserves of both teams were on the pitch.
Games 1 and 2 were much closer. The Celtics had a lead at halftime in Game 1 and went into the fourth quarter with a lead in Game 2 on their home court.
There was already a win in the Western Conference Finals after the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
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Boston hopes it doesn’t suffer the same fate, but it will take a concerted effort to beat the sweltering heat.