NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin’: ECF Game 2 – Celtics at Heat (7:30 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

After a masterful 41-point performance for Jimmy Butler in Game 1, the Miami Heat are looking to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics tonight in Game 2. Jayson Tatum was spectacular in the first half of Tuesday night’s loss, scoring 21 of his 29 points in the first two quarters, but he’ll need a much more consistent performance tonight for the Celtics to have a shot.

Marcus Smart is back in the lineup, and Al Horford has been cleared for action in Game 2. Can the Miami Heat continue to play bully ball with the Boston Celtics, or will the C’s even things up in this Eastern Conference Finals series tonight in South Beach?

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 7:30 PM (CT)
TV: ESPN
Location: FTX Arena, Miami
Series: MIA leads 1-0
Odds: MIA -2, O/U 207

Starting Lineups

Boston Celtics

1. Marcus Smart
2. Jaylen Brown
3. Jayson Tatum
4. Grant Williams
5. Robert Williams III

Injury Report: Sam Hauser OUT (shoulder), Derrick White OUT (paternity), Al Horford QST (H&S Protocols), Marcus Smart QST (foot)

Miami Heat

1. Gabe Vincent
2. Max Strus
3. Jimmy Butler
4. P.J. Tucker
5. Bam Adebayo

Injury Report: Gabe Vincent DTD (hamstring), Max Strus DTD (hamstring), Kyle Lowry OUT (hamstring)

Pre-Game Reading

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