The Celtics lost to the Heat on Friday 112-106. Kemba Walker played expanded minutes and faced his first struggles since returning from knee soreness. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 41 points through shooting inconsistency, while Marcus Smart fouled out in the third quarter. A fresh round of big man concerns and lack of bench productivity came out of the game, with Walker set to sit out Wednesday’s back-to-back against the Nets.
CLNS Media’s Celtics Post Game crew discussed the game live, as they have every night across their social media channels. Bobby Manning, John Zannis, Josue Pavon and Jimmy Toscano discussed the game, while the Celtics and Heat reacted after the game below.
Stevens discussed his team’s struggles against Miami’s three-point shooting and size inside, and looked forward to how much Kemba Walker will play on a back-to-back against the Nets.
The Celtics suffered 26 personal fouls against the Heat on Tuesday, including six on Marcus Smart and five on Jayson Tatum. Tatum talked about playing through frustrations and distractions, and how Boston will need to improve on that after faltering late to Miami and falling to 1-2 in the bubble.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra discusses Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and beating the Celtics without Jimmy Butler.
Bam Adebayo dropped 21 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of assists on the Celtics while tagging each of their rotation players with fouls. He discussed Jimmy Butler’s absence, Miami’s big win and getting Duncan Robinson the ball.
Duncan Robinson hit two threes late that barely grazed the net on their way down as part of a 5-for-11 three-point shooting night in the Heat’s cleanup victory over the Celtics. He discussed bouncing back against the team he grew up watching.