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The Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics for a Game 7 contest in the Eastern Conference Finals. It will be one of the most highly anticipated games of the entire NBA season. Sadly, though, it will not feature the legendary Mike Breen on hand.



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The NBA has revealed the referee assignments for the pivotal Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat at FTX Arena on Sunday night.


Scott Foster, James Capers and David Guthrie are the officials. James Williams is the alternate.


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Foster, nicknamed "The Extender", is the most well-known ref in this group and one of the most recognizable ones across the league. He has 28 years of experience.


The Celtics have a 16-19 all-time playoff record in games that Foster has been one of the officials, a 10-13 record with Capers and a 4-5 record with Guthrie.


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The C's won Game 4 against the Heat, as well as Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, when Foster was among the referees. Foster also was one of the officials when the Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the second round inside the 2020 Florida bubble.


Capers was one of the referees when the Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the second round a few weeks ago.


Tipoff for Game 7 in Miami is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. The winner advances to the 2022 NBA Finals and will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.


Game 6 of the series will be at TD Garden in Boston and the game will be aired on ESPN. Fans without cable looking to stream the game can watch it online via fuboTV or DirecTVStream. Both streaming services offer free trials. Fans looking to attend the games can purchase tickets now via StubHub, Vividseats and TicketNetwork.


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What time does the game start? What TV channels will it be on? Friday’s NBA Playoff game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden. Coverage will air on TV via ESPN.


Jayson Tatum wants experience to be the Celtics’ guide as they return home with a chance to wrap up their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.


Tatum was a rookie during Boston’s run to Eastern Conference finals in 2018, when it grabbed a 3-2 series lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


He also remembers what it felt like as the Celtics watched James unravel their dreams with a 46-point performance in the Cavaliers’ Game 6 win, followed by a 35-point effort in Cleveland’s decisive Game 7 victory at TD Garden.


Boston again has a 3-2 conference finals lead, this time over the top-seeded Miami Heat with Game 6 set for Friday.


Tatum said this feels different.


“I’m a lot better. (Jaylen Brown) is. We’re just older. And we’ve been through those tough times,” Tatum said. “But the mindset and the talk that we had after the game was we were down 3-2 last time (in semifinals vs. Bucks) and had to go on the road to win Game 6 and we did. So we can’t think that it’s over with.”


Tatum wants to see Boston maintain the mentality of the underdog.


“We need to go back home like we’re down 3-2. With that sense of urgency that it’s a must-win game,” he said. “Not relaxing because we’re up. ... The job’s just not finished yet.”


The Celtics do seem to be facing a Heat team that over the past two games hasn’t come close to resembling the one that won Games 1 and 3.


All-Star Jimmy Butler insists he’s fine but appears to be at least slowed by the right knee inflammation that sidelined him during the second half of Miami’s Game 3 win. Over the past two games, he’s scored just 19 points while shooting 7 of 32 from the field.


Kyle Lowry has all but disappeared offensively since returning from a hamstring injury and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro has missed the past two games with a groin injury.


It’s all contributed to the Heat going from shooting an NBA-best 38% from the 3-point line during the regular season to just 29% in the conference finals.


“Honestly, it doesn’t matter,” Butler said. “If I’m out there, I gotta do better. I gotta find a way to help us win and I haven’t been doing that. I’m fine, my knee is OK. I just gotta do better. It’s no excuse.”


Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his faith in his team remains strong.


“We’re still alive,” he said. “That’s all we’re thinking about right now. We have the kind of warriors that are gonna tape up, brace up, do whatever we gotta do to get ready for the next one and just embrace and enjoy that competition.”


HISTORY LESSON


There have been 333 times a best-of-seven NBA playoff series has been 3-2.


Of those, the team taking the 3-2 lead has gone on to win 83.8% of the time. But a team trailing has come back to win a series on at least two occasions in each of the past three years, including the Celtics and Mavericks in this year’s conference semifinals.


CLOSING IT OUT


The Celtics are 86-68 in closeout games. That includes a 48-19 record at home.


Jaylen Brown said they want to feed off the energy they know awaits them at the Garden. He said the message after Game 5 was simple.


“This is a great opportunity. Leave everything on the floor. You don’t want any feelings of regret,” he said. “Let’s come out Friday on our home floor and play the best version of basketball that we’ve played all season.


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The Celtics are one win away from the NBA Finals.


The Heat led at halftime of Game 5, but a dominant second half saw the Celtics take control and come away with a 93-80 victory. Jaylen Brown led the way in scoring with 25 points while Jayson Tatum posted a near triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.


The Celtics now have a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, putting them on the doorstep of their first Finals appearance since 2010.


The series returns to Boston for Game 6. Can the Celtics take care of business in front of their home crowd or will the Heat extend the series by forcing a Game 7?


The Boston Celtics followed up their dominant Game 4 performance with a second straight commanding victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Led by Jaylen Brown (25 points, four rebounds) and Jayson Tatum (22 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists), Boston pulled out a 93-80 victory to take a 3-2 lead in the series and push Miami to the brink of elimination. The Celtics now sit just one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010.


The Heat actually led Game 5 at halftime, but the Celtics completely flipped the script over the final 24 minutes of action and outplayed Miami on both ends of the floor to close out the contest. Boston will look to close out the series in front of their home crowd in Game 6 on Friday night, while the Heat will look to bounce back, extend their season, and force a decisive Game 7.


Breen has commentated for the series along with his usual crew of Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Unfortunately for NBA fans, they won’t be hearing the thrilling, iconic “Bang!” call or the more incredulous “Way off!” call in the Heat-Celtics battle. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Breen has tested positive f0r COVID-19 and not be calling the game.

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