The Boston Celtics have yet to find an answer to the Miami Heat.
They must make adjustments as soon as possible as the Heat took a 2-0 lead as visitors, dismantling the Celtics in clutch time in each game.
Now, the Heat are set to sweep the Celtics, take revenge for last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, and advance to the 2023 NBA Finals.
While the Heat have Jimmy Butler playing at a high level, Boston has struggled to find consistency in their stars.
More specifically, Jayson Tatum hasn’t recorded a single field goal in the fourth quarter and has committed five turnovers.
Jayson Tatum in the 4th quarter this series:
0 field goals
5 turnovers pic.twitter.com/LfPrAZKJPU
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 20, 2023
For a team with championship aspirations, this is terrible. Tatum is expected to lead this team to the promised land, but he’s been shut down for a big part of the last two Celtics series.
Miami is doing a terrific job holding him back down the stretch while allowing Jimmy Butler to take over games, which is why they’re up 2-0.
As for Tatum, he suffered from the same against the Philadelphia 76ers and if it wasn’t for his outburst in Game 6, he would be watching the ECF at home right now.
Jaylen Brown also had a terrible game on Friday, failing to make his shots and leaving Tatum helpless against the inspired Heat.
The problems for the Celtics go beyond trying to stop Jimmy Butler.
They need to get it together and focus, or Miami will send them home in four games.NEXT: Stats Show Grant Williams' Failed Attempt To Guard Jimmy Butler