Celtics vs. Heat: Five things to know as Boston, Miami face off in Eastern Conference finals

Celtics vs. Heat: Five things to know as Boston, Miami face off in Eastern Conference finals

It’s 2012 all over again. After enduring the painful rebuilding cycles associated with older contenders, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have made it back to the same stage where they famously battled it out for a spot in the NBA Finals eight years ago, but with very different names. LeBron James and Paul Pierce are gone, replaced by Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler. On both rosters, only Udonis Haslem remains, and that sets the tone for this series. As much history as these organizations share, this is a matchup neither knows particularly well nor could possibly be prepared for. After all, assuming that the No. 3 and No. 5 seeds would reach the Eastern Conference finals would be somewhat foolhardy under normal circumstances. But Boston and Miami defied the odds, and now we have not only one of the most surprising final four matchups in NBA history, but one of the most exciting. Here’s everything you need to know about the Eastern Conference finals. (3) Celtics vs. (5) HeatAll times EasternGame 1: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. I ESPNGame 2: Thursday, Sept. 17, TBD | ESPNGame 3: Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m. | ESPNGame 4: Monday, Sept. 21, TBD | TBDGame 5*: Wednesday, Sept. 23, TBD | TBDGame 6*: Friday, Sept.
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