For the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics will take on the Miami Heat in Game 1, today on September 15. The match between the Celtics and Heat is one to surely excite fans and viewers, an interesting chess matchup between players and coaches alike.
Looking at the key player for the Boston Celtics, the four names that stand out among the rest of the team are Jayson Tatum, Jaylon Brown, Kemba Walker, and Marcus Smart. These four are the heart of the team and each has played a key role in them advancing this far. Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics in scoring averaging 23 points a game. Jaylon Brown comes as a great two-way player being the second scoring option and great defender to hard the wing and being able to guard smaller bigs at the 4 or 5. Kemba Walker serves as the veteran point guard and leader of the team, lately, he has struggled to find his offensive game as far as scoring but his on-court coach leadership and passing ability have sustained the Celtics so far. The last piece of their big 4, is Marcus Smart who has found an offensive groove and the best on-ball defender for the Celtics. They have well rounded starting five and have solid bench players such as Wanamaker, Both Williams (Robert and Grant), and Enes Kanter.
For the Miami Heat, they have a similar story as far as their big 4. Jimmy Butler leads as the superstar two-player and you have a veteran leader in Goran Dragic, two young superstars in Bam Adebayo at the 4 or 5, and Tyler Herro who is amazing off the bench as a scorer. The bench depth for the Heat is something that gives them a slight advantage over the Celtics because of the names and versatility the bench players have. Kendrick Nunn, Derrick Jones Jr., Kelly Olynyk, Andre Iguodala, and Meyers Leonard give the Heat different ways of scoring and playing defense through size, speed, and shooting on offense, depending on how is on the court from the Heat’s bench. The Heat’s team is very well rounded and they play extremely hard on both ends of the ball. They have some of the best transition defense to the offense during the bubble playoffs and it shows when within their last two series of the Pacers and Bucks.
Both teams have the opportunity to win and in my own opinion, it will come down the four things that will decide this Eastern Conference Finals Series. The first thing will be who has the better defensive series. Secondly, the head coaching matchup between Erik Spoelstra versus Brad Stevens. Thirdly, whichever superstar plays better within their given system, and lastly the bench that plays better both offensively and defensively will win the series.
For My Prediction - I have the Celtics beating the Miami Heat, but a full series to 7 games.