Celtics, Heat battle for NBA finals spot

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2019/20 National Basketball Association (NBA) season



ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World 
Bay Lake, Florida, USA 
Canada and USA  
17 August - 13 October 2020 
Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are set to battle for a place in the 2019/20 National Basketball Association (NBA) finals between 18 and 24 September.
The Celtics sneaked into the Eastern Conference finals after eliminating the defending champions Toronto Raptors 4-3 in the Conference semi-finals.
This was the first playoff meeting between the Raptors and the Celtics, who are the most decorated team in NBA history having clinched a record 17 championships.
Brad Stevens - Celtics coach
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This was also the first best of seven playoff series in NBA history where the road team won every game, although the games were technically held at a neutral site.
Brad Stevens, the Celtics coach, reflected on their 92-87 win over the Raptors which earned them a place in the finals and he will look to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum when they face the Heat.
"We should definitely be hardened. We should definitely have a lot more in our toolbox to go back to. But we also have to get ready for a different, more unique team now in Miami," Stevens said.

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"All they’ve done is play in, now it’ll be three Eastern Conference finals for Jaylen and two for Jayson. And they’ve been in this stage and they’ve been huge parts of it. 
"They are young in every metric except playoff experience. They have a lot of it.”
Meanwhile, the Heat eased into the Eastern Conference finals following an impressive 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in their Conference semi-final tie.
Chris Silva of Heat
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This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Heat winning the previous meeting.
The Heat are looking to end their seven-year wait for an NBA championship having won the coveted trophy three times in 2006, 2012 and 2013.
The winner between the Celtics and Heat will lock horns with either Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets in the playoffs finals. 
The Western Conference semi-final tie between the Nuggets and Clippers is currently locked at 3-3 heading into the last game on September 15. 
The following NBA matches will be broadcasted LIVE by ESPN on SuperSport TV between 18-24 September: 
Start Times in CAT
Friday, September 18
02h30 - Miami Heat v Boston Celtics
03h00 -  Los Angeles Lakers v (Denver Nuggets or Los Angeles Clippers)
Sunday, September 20
01h30 -  Los Angeles Lakers v (Denver Nuggets or Los Angeles Clippers)
02h30 -  Boston Celtics v Miami Heat 
Tuesday, September 22
02h30 - Boston Celtics v Miami Heat 
03h00 - (Denver Nuggets or Los Angeles Clippers) v Los Angeles Lakers
Thursday, September 24
02h30 -  Miami Heat v Boston Celtics 
03h00 -  (Denver Nuggets or Los Angeles Clippers) v Los Angeles Lakers

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Published: 09/15/2020