Are the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics more NBA Finals ready?
Tonight it all begins. The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics both find themselves just four wins away from reaching the NBA Finals and a shot at eternal glory. Both teams have played very well to this point, but is one of these teams more ready for the NBA Finals than the other?
The case for the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat were looked at as underdogs at the beginning of the year, but that is the farthest thing from the truth. Jimmy Butler was ridiculed for heading to Miami to be a lone superstar on a storied franchise trying to regain their footing. Instead, the Heat found the perfect superstar and culture guy for their team and that has propelled them to the status of contention.
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Bam Adebayo has exploded onto the scene this season as a budding superstar on both ends of the floor. The first time All-Star had an incredible season averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, five assists, and 2.6 STOCKS ( Steals + Blocks) a game and finished second in Most Improved Player voting.
Rookies Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn played major roles for the Heat this season providing quality play off the bench. Combine that with the play of some grizzled veterans like Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder, and Andre Iguodala this team has all the tools to win this series and take their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2013.
So far, the Heat have looked absolutely dominant in both series they’ve played. They swept the Indiana Pacers and had commanding control of the series. They dismantled Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks in a 4-1 series victory. The Heat’s suffocating defense and their torching 3 point shooting have the Heat poised and looking forward to a win against the Celtics.
The case for the Boston Celtics
The young duo of Jayson Taytum and Jaylen Brown has got this Celtics team on the brink of making the NBA Finals once again. In 2018, the Celtics were one game away from making it to the NBA Finals, but Lebron James stood in the way. Now only Jimmy Butler and the Heat are the final roadblocks from keeping them from getting there.
All-Star Kemba Walker has been the perfect point guard for this team. He plays the game as a floor general and provides great leadership. Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart have played extremely well for the Celtics giving them playmaking and defense. Daniel Theis has been a feel-good story for the Celtics as he has been a steady anchor for the Celtics defense and does the dirty work a big man needs to do to win games.
Brad Stevens leads this battle-hardened group. The Celtics have looked really good this playoffs, sweeping the Sixers and outlasting the defending champion Toronto Raptors in seven games. This team has been through some big moments this season and these playoffs. Is this the year everything can come together and see the Celtics back in the NBA Finals?
Both basketball clubs have impressed me in the playoffs. The Heat is shooting lights out and combine that with their quality defense and you understand why they are 8-1 in the postseason so far. The Boston Celtics have looked at times the best team in the league in my opinion when everything is going for them. I do like both teams here in any Finals matchup.
I do, however, have to choose one team. I think the Miami Heat are slightly more ready as an NBA Finals team than Boston. They have the perfect star for their culture who leads the way, an almost unstoppable big, and the right role players to get this done and contend for a championship.