Hey, so the Eastern Conference finals start tonight! We should probably let y’all know what’s up in terms of keeping an eye on your favorite former Marquette stars that are involved. To be quite honest, I was holding off on publishing this even though we knew a couple of days ago how and when the series would start.
Why? Well, mostly because Doc Rivers and the Clippers had a 3-1 lead on Denver, and there was no sense publishing it until we knew when both conference finals would start! Instead, the Nuggets have come rolling back to force Game 7 in that series, and that will also be tonight following Game 1 in the East finals. So we’re stuck needing this to be up but also knowing that we might have to update it almost immediately. Oh well!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Nuggets eliminated the Clippers.
Seed: #5 in the Eastern Conference
Marquette Guys: Jimmy Butler & Jae Crowder
Miami got here by way of a first round 4-0 series win over Indiana followed by a 4-1 demolition of top seeded Milwaukee in the conference semifinals. When the 5 beats the 4, no one blinks. That’s even more the case when no one has home court advantage since all the games are in the bubble at Walt Disney World. But what the Heat did to the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs? A gentleman’s sweep of the best team in the league? And it generally speaking did not even look that close?
Well, that’s quite impressive, honestly.
They’ll be facing the Celtics in the conference finals. Boston was the #3 seed in the East and got through their first round just as easy as Miami, sweeping Philadelphia in four games. The second round was not as easy, as Boston got forced to Game 7 by the defending champs. The argument can definitely be made that Boston is the favorite to win the series, purely because of the seeding. However, the head coaching experience advantage is held by the Heat, as Erik Spoelstra has very clearly been here before.
Here’s their schedule as it stands right now for the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston. The NBA hasn’t set a date or time or television for a theoretical Game 7 yet. Weird, sure, but hey, they didn’t immediately set Game 4 in stone even though they knew that was going to happen. At this point, Game 7 is very theoretical, as the Heat currently hold a 2-0 series lead as I write this.
Heat/Celtics Conference Finals Schedule
|1||Tuesday, September 15||5:30 PM||ESPN|
|2||Thursday, September 17||6:00 PM||ESPN|
|3||Saturday, September 19||7:30 PM||ESPN|
|4||Wednesday, September 23||7:30 PM||ESPN|
|5 (If Necessary)||Friday, September 25||7:30 PM||ESPN|
|6 (If Necessary)||Sunday, September 27||6:30 PM||ESPN|
|7 (If Necessary)||TBD||TBD||TBD|