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P.J. Tucker (17) of the Miami Heat celebrates after defeating the Boston Celtics in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2022. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

The Miami Heat are coming off a big Game 3 victory over the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference Finals series. The Heat came out looking like a team that had been humbled in Game 2 and needed a win in Boston to reclaim home-court advantage after losing Game 2 in Miami.

It appeared that by going ahead by more than 20 points right away, reaching or exceeding 30 at times, they would allow the Celtics to cut the difference to 15 points by halftime. The Miami Heat then failed to obtain Jimmy Butler for the second half, putting everything in jeopardy.

It wasn't, however. The Heat were able to eke it out because to players like Kyle Lowry, Bam Adebayo, Victor Oladipo, and others.

There is, however, another person who deserves a lot of credit for the victory. P.J. Tucker is his name.

Tucker, who has had some of his finest basketball of his career this season for the Miami Heat, is continuing to do so in the playoffs.

To win Game 3, the Miami Heat needed heroic efforts from everyone who was able to finish the game. P.J. Tucker was one of those men, and he's still going strong.

Tucker has been an enormous presence in this series and every postseason series prior to this one, playing his trademark gritty defence.

PJ Tucker has guarded Jayson Tatum for 127 possessions this season (regular season and playoffs). In those 127 possessions, he has 15 points. pic.twitter.com/iiM6G8mRyC May 22, 2022 — StatMuse (@statmuse)

On top of the top-notch defensive effort, P.J. Tucker has also seen the return of his corner three-ball as the Heat have progressed through the playoffs. It was critical in their victory over the Celtics in Game 3.

With Jimmy out for the second half, the whole team had to step up their game. Tucker performed his part in the game, scoring 17 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out one assist while hitting 50 percent from three (3/6).

All of this came after he was forced to leave Game 2 due to a knee ailment. He returned in Game 3 and pretended as if nothing had happened.

P.J. Tucker is a gamer who, as everyone says, looks like he was born to play for the Miami Heat. He’s certainly a guy that could be inching towards lifer status already with Heat fans.

It's very likely if he keeps working like this. And well, this is P.J. Tucker here, so you know he’ll keep working.




Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks
Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks

Perhaps Golden State's advantage in the paint isn't due to the Mavericks' lack of effort.
Now, I'm betting on a Gentleman's Sweep, with the Mavs taking Game 4 at home before Golden State completes the sweep in five games.
In Game 3, they accomplished so by allowing only 14 points to the rest of the Mavericks' squad.
Is this series completely unfair to the Dallas Mavericks?
I believe this Dallas team is superior than Denver's, yet the Nuggets did manage to beat Golden State in a similar situation.

The Golden State Warriors are one win away from their third straight NBA Finals appearance
The Golden State Warriors are one win away from their third straight NBA Finals appearance

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at American Airlines Center and are just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals once again.
Golden State will head into Game 4 with a 3-0 series lead, an advantage that no team in NBA history has ever squandered.
Golden State got 14 offensive rebounds, twice as many as Dallas, and scored 12 more points in the paint.
Dallas led by as many as nine points in the first half and trailed by as many as 14 in the second.
The game had 11 lead changes but Golden State always seemed in control.

The latest drama surrounding a Warriors NBA playoff series isn't about a "dirty" play, but the topic still is lingering after several days.
The latest drama surrounding a Warriors NBA playoff series isn't about a "dirty" play, but the topic still is lingering after several days.

On Sunday, the NBA fined the Dallas Mavericks $100,000 for breaking league rules regulating the team's bench decorum during games.
The most recent incidences occurred during Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs, which the Warriors won at Chase Center on Friday night.
"If you want to talk about the bench," Kidd added, "we can talk about the bench."
You guys did the bench article, and since you brought notice to it, we started getting penalised.
In Game 3, it appeared that the Mavericks bench was impacting what happened in the second half when the Warriors had the ball.

The NBA has fined the Dallas Mavericks a third time in the playoffs because of violations of rules regarding their bench
The NBA has fined the Dallas Mavericks a third time in the playoffs because of violations of rules regarding their bench

The Dallas Mavericks have been penalised by the NBA for the third time in the playoffs for violating bench rules. DALLAS — On Sunday, the NBA punished the Dallas Mavericks for the third time in the playoffs for violating rules concerning their bench.
Several Mavericks players have sat for the most of the postseason games, including home games.
Players and coaches have been fined for standing for long periods of time, moving too far from the bench, and infringing on the court during game action.
"That's excessive."
Curry's turnover was the lone occasion Kerr got irritated at the Dallas bench in Game 2.
Several Golden State players approached the bench after the hit, but there were no confrontations.

Miami Heat 109, Boston Celtics 103
Miami Heat 109, Boston Celtics 103

Heat 109, Celtics 103 in Game 3 | Heat lead 2-1. Who was this mystery man?
Adebayo led the Miami Heat to a dominating victory over the Boston Celtics with Kyle Lowry back in the lineup.
In a game that Heat fans have been begging for, he finished with 31 points on 22 shots, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.
19 of the Celtics' 24 turnovers, which cost them 33 points, came as a result of Heat steals.
What can the Celtics do in Game 4 to win it?