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Why is Heat vs Celtics game 7 played in Boston?

Why is the last game of the 2023 Eastern Conference Final between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat played in Boston’s TD Garden?

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (R) drives the ball past Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (L)

In playoff series, the team with the better regular-season performance, known as the best-seeded team, often hosts the seventh game. This tradition is based on rewarding teams for regular-season success and giving them a home-court advantage.

Allowing the higher-seeded team to host the final game acknowledges their accomplishment of performing better throughout the regular season. This approach aims to create a fair and competitive environment by recognizing the team’s efforts and providing them an additional advantage in the series.

A home-court advantage can significantly impact results, as the home team benefits from fan support, familiarity with their arena, reduced travel time, and comfort. The goal is to create an atmosphere that amplifies the team’s motivation and performance, potentially increasing their chances of winning the crucial game and advancing to the playoffs.

The decision on where the decisive game is played can be subject to league regulations, negotiation, or other factors the respective sports organizations consider.

Boston’s regular season 2022/2023

The Boston Celtics completed their 77th National Basketball Association (NBA) season with an impressive 57-25 record, finishing second in the Eastern Conference behind Milwaukee Bucks. They won 32 out of 41 games at home and 25 out of 41 on the road. During the season, they played 11 overtime games and won 4.

After achieving 42 wins in their first 59 games, Mazzulla, the interim coach who substituted Ime Udoka on the bench, was officially named the permanent head coach of the Boston Celtics. The organization recognized his exceptional leadership and extended his contract on February 16, 2023.

The Boston Celtics’ journey through the playoffs has been exhilarating. They overcame the Atlanta Hawks in six games in the first round and faced a more significant challenge in the Conference Semifinals against the formidable Philadelphia 76ers. In a grueling seven-game series, the Celtics emerged victorious and secured their spot in the Conference Finals.

The Boston Celtics are gearing up for their 7th game matchup against the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. This will be their third encounter in the last four seasons, adding excitement to the proceedings. The team has their sights set on a monumental achievement, qualifying for back-to-back Finals appearances for the first time since their triumphant campaigns in 1986 and 1987.