May 28th 2023 at 7:01pm CST by Dana Gauruder
Derrick White saved the Celtics’ season with a game-winning putback just before the buzzer in Miami on Saturday night but he also made a number of underrated contributions, Baxter Holmes of ESPN notes. His teammates shot 6-of-8 off his passes for 12 points and he held the Heat to 1-of-12 shooting when he contested a shot. That includes an 0-for-6 performance by Jimmy Butler when White was his primary defender in Game 6. White has two years left on his four-year, $70MM contract.
We have more on the Celtics:
- Guard Malcolm Brogdon is listed as questionable for Game 7, Tim Bontemps of ESPN tweets. Brogdon suffered a right forearm strain that limited him in Game 5 and forced him to miss Game 6.
- The NBA officiating report stated the timing on allowing three seconds to remain after Butler was fouled by Al Horford was correct, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel tweets. The officials added 0.9 to the clock after a review. The report says the only incorrect calls in the last two minutes were a missed foul by Gabe Vincent against Jayson Tatum, and a lane violation on Miami’s Caleb Martin.
- Mid-range shots played a key role in Game 6 as the Celtics made only 7 of 35 3-pointers and forced just five turnovers, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe observes. Based on the NBA.com shot chart, the Celtics connected on 12 of 19 shots inside the 3-point line and outside the restricted area, while the Heat were just 6 for 28 in that area.