The Boston Celtics face the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Playoffs best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, (9/23/20) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Heat lead the series, 2-1, after the Celtics won Game 3, 117-106, on Saturday.
Boston Celtics: Boston is down 2-1 heading into Game 4, but could easily be up 3-0 with a chance to complete a sweep. In the 149 minutes played this series, the C’s led a staggering 102 of them. So while they’re still in a hole, there’s plenty of reasons for optimism in their locker room, especially with Gordon Hayward back in the lineup. After missing a month with a sprained ankle, the versatile forward returned to action in Game 3, coming off the bench to play 30 minutes.
Miami Heat: In most circumstances, a team leading a series 2-1 would have to feel quite confident about their chances to advance — and knowing the Heat, they probably do. But even so, the circumstances surrounding the first three games of this series make it clear that Miami still has plenty of work to do to advance to its first Finals since 2014. They’ll need Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic to step up in Game 4, after the duo combined for only 28 points in Game 3.