The Miami Heat dropped just their second postseason game on Saturday night.
Facing a Celtics roster that had an emotional reaction to their Game 2, the Heat dug themselves a whole, entering halftime down 13. While they did make it a game late, the Heat clearly didn’t match Boston’s effort.
The Heat ended the game down 11, 117-106.
Unlike in the bulk of playoff games, the Heat weren’t led by Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. They were led by their Wildcat duo, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. The two combined for 49 points, their best combined output of the NBA Playoffs.
The rest of the starting five, four starters as Herro comes off the bench, combined for just 51 points. The dominance from the two was clear, and the best part of their offensive prowess was their efficiency. They shot 18-for-32 from the field, and Adebayo led the game with 16 rebounds while also chipping in three steals and two blocks.
The Most Improved Player candidate is starting to step up as a key offensive weapon for Miami in his third season. His versatility is just unmatched defensively as well, one reason he’s developing into one of the best young center in the NBA.
As for Herro, the rookie and former lottery pick was electric Saturday. He scored 15 of his 22 points in the second quarter, helping keep Miami in the game.
A rising star, Herro has scored double figures in every postseason game for the Heat. The only other Miami Heat player to have such playoff dominance is Goran Dragic, who almost missed the mark with 11 points in Game 3.
That said, these two continue to set high expectations for themselves. The young duo should continue to thrive in Game 4, currently slated for Wednesday night.