The Boston Celtics need to look at their Game 4 match with the Miami Heat in their 2022 NBA Eastern Conference semifinals series as a must-win, even if it is technically not one. With the need to avoid heading back to Florida in an elimination scenario for the rest of the series with the count so far currently at 2-1, the Celtics very much need to play better than they did in Game 3 on Saturday.
Some of that is simply taking better care of the ball, keeping it moving and staying communicative and connected defensively. Some of it is playing the opponent in front of them instead of those defeated in earlier rounds — or haunting them from previous losses.
But no matter which elements Boston decides to focus on, their margin of error is too thin for more flat performances as we saw in the two team’s previous meeting.
In the most recent episode of the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast, host Justin Quinn joined USA TODAY’s Jeff Zilgitt to talk about how Boston might be a better version of themselves in Game 4.