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Not quite adversity, but now angst for Heat with East lead vs. Celtics reduced to 2-1

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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"We're not the type of team where we can go through the motions and try and figure out everything in the first half, and then in the third or fourth we just try to turn it on," he said. "It's not like that. We are not that type of team.

"I guess they got tired of us being down 13 and coming back and winning. We just got to do a better job of not letting ourselves get in a big deficit."

The Celtics showed Saturday what was needed with backs against the wall, just as they showed in the previous round, when their own 2-0 lead turned into a 2-2 tie before finishing off the Toronto Raptors in seven games.

"There's some great guys in that locker room," Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said. "A lot of emotion, a lot of passion. But we're a family. We are here for each other at the end of the day. So we exemplified that when we came out together. We stayed together during some tough moments."

The Heat aren't there yet when it comes to desperation, still two victories from the franchise's sixth trip to the NBA Finals, having thrived in the neutral-court setting of Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

But while a three-day break is not optimal, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not seem to mind his team having to marinate in Saturday's result.

"Got some time. (It'll) be good," he said. "I want our guys thinking about this."

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Remaining series schedule: No. 5 Heat vs. No. 3 Celtics

Game 4: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 5: Friday, 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Game 6(ASTERISK): Sunday, Sept. 27, 7:30 ESPN

Game 7(ASTERISK): TBD, ESPN

(ASTERISK) - if necessary

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