The Boston Celtics are just one win away from the NBA Finals. They took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals with their 93-80 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. After a tough first half, Boston came on at both ends in the second half.
In the second half, the Boston Stars increased. Jaylen Brown lost 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Jayson Tatum lost 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Her outstanding performances caught the attention of a five-time NBA All-Star.
After the game, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid tweeted about the Celticsand said that “Boston just has too many guns” for the Heat to handle.
Four different Celtics players had double-digit scores in Game 5: Brown (25 points), Tatum (22 points), Al Horford (16 points), and Derrick White (14 points). They overwhelmed Miami in the second half, topping the heat 56-38.
In addition to his comments about the Celtics, Embiid also commented on the heats throughout the game, prompting much speculation among fans.
Towards the end of the game when Miami was blown out, Embiid commented on Miami’s roster. According to the MVP runner-up, the Heat need another star on the roster.
Embiid’s comment immediately sent Heat fans into a frenzy, speculating that his comment meant he wanted to join the Heat. His mentions were inundated with a torrent of suggested deals, Photoshopped imagesand statements of desperation.
However, soon after tweeting that statement, Embiid followed it up with another mysterious tweet. He called his followers “stupid”, probably in connection with her request to join the Heat.
Though Embiid has reportedly shut down the rumors he created, he has mentioned in the past his desire to play with Jimmy Butler again.
After the Sixers lost to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Embiid Butler expressed his respect. He mentioned that he wishes the Sixers had never let him go and that he would love to play with him again.
“Like I said, I’m happy for him. I mean, I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t wish he was my teammate,” Embiid revealed. “I still don’t know how we let him go. I wish I could have gone into battle with him anyway. But it is what it is. I just have to keep building and trying to achieve that goal.”
Butler left the 76ers in the 2019 offseason, opting to sign with the Heat instead. While initial reports suggested Butler simply preferred the Miami deal to the Philadelphia one, Butler’s comments after Miami’s Round 2 win say something different about the Sixers this year.
Unfortunately for Butler and the Heat, Embiid won’t come to her rescue. Miami were blown out in Games 4 and 5 and now they are just one game away from being sent home by the Celtics hands.
Game 6 takes place Friday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time at the TD Garden.