Back-and-forth nature of Eastern Conference finals continues with Celtics’ Game 4 rout of Heat

BOSTON — If the trend in the Eastern Conference finals continues, the Miami Heat will come out the more aggressive team in Game 5 on Wednesday and beat the Boston Celtics for a 3-2 series lead.

In a conference finals that has yet to produce one excellent game from start to finish, the Celtics demolished the Heat 102-82 in Game 4 on Monday, atoning for their uninspired loss in Game 3 which followed the Heat’s dreadful performance in Game 2 which followed Boston’s bad second quarter, bad loss in Game 1.

Given how both teams have played in losses, they look incapable of winning the next game. Yet, that’s what happens.

It’s not just been a back-and-forth series with neither team able to win consecutive games, it has oscillated wildly from game to game with drastic point differentials.

Miami led by 20 points in Game 1. Boston was up 34 in Game 2. Miami led by 26 in Game 3 and Boston was up 32 in Game 4.

“There are these extreme highs and lows particularly when you have two teams pretty evenly matched,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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The Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown drives to the basket while defended by the Miami Heat’s Max Strus.

For a 2-2 series in the Eastern Conference finals that has been distilled to a best-of-3 between the top two seeds, the matchup has not been compelling.

In the Western Conference finals, if the trend continues, Golden State will finish off Dallas in a sweep on Tuesday.

The conference finals in different ways have been duds. There have been really good team and individual performances, but not from both teams in the same game especially in the East. Of the seven conference finals games, not one has been decided in the final seconds.

In the first 27 minutes of the Boston-Miami series, there were three lead changes, and in the next 165 minutes, just one lead change over 3½ games.

Spoelstra had his view of the series.

“Outside of these crazy runs, you have two really competitive teams,” he said. “The scores and that kind of thing doesn’t really give the true…

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