The Boston Celtics are going to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in four years. Boston took down the Toronto Raptors 92-87 in a well-defended Game 7 performance on Friday night in the Orlando bubble.
The Celtics shot only 40.7% from the field and 56.5% from the free-throw line, but forced 18 turnovers while only turning the ball over 10 times themselves.
Boston did get solid offensive performances from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum scored 29 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists, and Brown had 21 points (on 10-of-17 shooting from the field) and eight rebounds.
Jayson Tatum becomes the second youngest player in playoff history with 25+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a Game 7.
Only behind his basketball idol, Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/HTlYbnZlKc
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 12, 2020
The Celtics have reached the Conference Finals in 3 of the last 4 years.
Jayson Tatum is 22.
Jaylen Brown is 23. pic.twitter.com/BZjPGxTFd6
— StatMuse (@statmuse) September 12, 2020
So, now we have a Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals, and it should be a fun one. It’s also the first time in NBA history that the Eastern Conference Finals won’t feature a No. 1 seed, with the Raptors (No. 2) and Milwaukee Bucks (No. 1) being eliminated.
For the first time in NBA history, the Eastern Conference Finals will NOT feature a No. 1 or No. 2 seed!
The No. 3 Celtics will face the No. 5 Heat pic.twitter.com/Vk9MwHJHkB
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 12, 2020
The Celtics’ skills on both ends of the floor — to go with terrific coaching from Brad Stevens — have them built very well for playoff basketball, and that’s shown through the first two rounds in the bubble. Now, they have a very good chance to land in The Finals.