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The Boston Celtics may not have any clarity on who will be playing for them for certain in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat on Wednesday night until just before tipoff, according to Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. The pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat is Wednesday night at FTX Arena, and J.J. Redick is expecting an excellent performance from Jayson Tatum.
Tatum has been Boston's best player in the 2022 NBA playoffs, although he has had a couple lackluster performances. But, to his credit, he's responded very well each time. After a rough Game 3 loss to the Heat, Tatum bounced back with 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks as Boston cruised to a 102-82 victory in Game 4 that evened the series at two wins apiece.
What should we expect from Tatum in Game 5?
"We are going to get first All-NBA Jayson Tatum. That's who he is," Redick said Wednesday morning on ESPN show "Get Up!". "I'm going to say it again: First team All-NBA Jayson Tatum. Yes, he's allowed to have off shooting nights. For me, it comes down to the turnovers, that's where it's an issue. The Heat ended the regular-season third worst in the NBA in turnovers per game, at 14.9. And yet one of the two teams to rank worse, the Golden State Warriors, at 14.9, are poised to advance to the NBA Finals. Because sometimes you have to take risks. “You don’t want to play protective, preventive basketball, either,” Spoelstra said. “Against a great defense, if you’re just going to be passive and trying not to make a mistake, that’s not going to put enough points on the board. So you do have to take some chances. “You do have to be assertive. You have to be aggressive. But then you have to read the flow of the game.” All-Nothing When the Heat failed to land a player on one of the three All-NBA teams, they became just the sixth No. 1 seed since the playoffs expanded in 1983-84 not to have a selection. The other five such teams had uneven playoff success. The 2014-15 Hawks lost in the Eastern Conference finals; the 2011-12 Chicago Bulls lost in the first round; the 1999-00 Indiana Pacers lost in the NBA Finals; the 1993-94 Hawks lost in the East semifinals; and the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship. Media balloting was completed ahead of the playoffs. Jimmy Butler had made third-team All-NBA in his previous two seasons with the Heat. Prior to Butler’s 2020 selection, the Heat had gone without an All-NBA selection since LeBron James in 2014. The Heat’s lone award selections for the 2020-21 regular season were Bam Adebayo on second-team All-Defensive and Tyler Herro as winner of Sixth Man of the Year. Spoelstra was a finalist for Coach of the Year, placing third behind the Phoenix Suns’ Monty Williams and Memphis Grizzlies Taylor Jenkins. The Heat remain in contention for the newly created Eastern Conference MVP trophy as well as the MVP trophy in the NBA Finals, should they advance. Picking Eastern Conference finals games is frustrating because it essentially boils down to trying to evaluate which injuries matter more while knowing that any time, we might found out that a player we'd previously expected to play is actually sitting out. My personal advice on this series is not to place any bets until starting lineups have been announced 30 minutes before tip. I don't have that luxury for this column, though, so here goes: The absences in Game 4 were Marcus Smart and Tyler Herro. Boston has played two playoff games in which Smart was its only absent player, won both and allowed just 168 combined points in those games.