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Celtics failed to find that “next gear” as Heat ramped up pressure

So there we have it. The Miami Heat eliminated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. A fantastic run for a young Celtics core, which has provided the roster with further deep playoff experience.

Alas, this Celtics team may feel they should have forced a Game 7 It all looked possible until their fourth quarter bedwetting, allowing the Heat a 26-6 run. A mixture of porous defense, ill-advised shots, and pressure applied by this impressive Heat team became the Celtics undoing.

Entering the final quarter, the Celtics were down by two, quickly flipping the scoreboard into a six-point lead with 9:04 to go.