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Heat's Caleb Martin: Continues prolific play
Martin totaled 21 points (7-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 41 minutes during Saturday's 104-103 loss to the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Martin moved into the starting lineup for Game 6, sending Kevin Love to the bench. The former finished second on the team in scoring behind Jimmy Butler and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds en route to his second double-double of the postseason. Martin has scored in double figures in all six matchups of the Eastern Conference Finals thus far, averaging 18.2 points on 58/46/87 shooting splits.
Celtics' Robert Williams: Productive in limited action
Williams chipped in 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds and one block over 17 minutes during Saturday's 104-103 victory over the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Williams started the first two games of the series, but he's operated off the bench since. Overall, he's averaged 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game over the six games. It's unlikely he plays more than 20 minutes during Game 7, but he's proven capable of submitting quality production in limited action.
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Back-to-back 20-point games
Smart closed with 21 points (7-15 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and one assist in 42 minutes during Saturday's 104-103 victory over the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
After averaging just 9.8 points over the first four games of the series, Smart has picked up his scoring in Games 5 and 6, though at the detriment of his assist numbers. The point guard is extremely versatile, but it appears he's going to have to continue scoring in bunches, as Miami figures to focus its attention on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown during Game 7. Across the first six matchups of the Eastern Conference Finals, Smart has averaged 13.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34.0 minutes per game.
Celtics' Derrick White: Plays hero in Game 6 win
White accumulated 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal across 42 minutes during Saturday's 104-103 win over Miami in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
White hit a couple of clutch threes and played his usual stellar defense, but the most important play of the game, and arguably of his career, was a game-winning putback layup as time expired. It's fitting the point guard played hero in Game 6, as his steady contributions tend to get overshadowed by the Celtics' star power. White has started four straight games after operating off the bench during the first two matchups versus Miami and is averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in 29.3 minutes per game during the Eastern Conference Finals.
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Double-doubles in Game 6 win
Brown contributed 26 points (9-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 39 minutes during Saturday's 104-103 victory over the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Brown made his first five shots of the game, and despite some foul trouble, he submitted another quality playoff effort. Across 19 postseason outings thus far, the elite shooting guard has averaged 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 37.3 minutes per game, but his offensive numbers have been down in the Eastern Conference Finals, as he's posted just 19.0 points on 43.2 percent shooting.
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Scores game-high 31 points
Tatum amassed 31 points (8-22 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 15-15 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 44 minutes during Saturday's 104-103 win over Miami in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite missing all eight of his three-point attempts, Tatum led all scorers with 31 points behind an aggressive offensive effort that was capped off by a perfect night at the charity stripe. The superstar forward also led the team in rebounds and notched his fifth double-double of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series now shifts back to Boston for Game 7, and we will see if Tatum can replicate his historic 51-point performance from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Philadelphia.
Heat's Kevin Love: Won't start Saturday
Love is not in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Saturday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Love moves to the bench in favor of Caleb Martin, who will get the nod at power forward. The veteran will come off the bench for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series against the Bucks. He's averaging 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the playoffs.
Heat's Kyle Lowry: Returns to bench
Lowry will rejoin the reserves for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Lowry drew a spot start in Game 5 but managed just five points and two rebounds over 30 minutes. With Gabe Vincent (ankle) healthy and back in action, Lowry will be pushed back to his typical bench role in which he averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds across 25.2 minutes per game from Games 1 through 4.
Heat's Caleb Martin: Starting Game 6
Martin is in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Saturday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Martin gets the nod over Kevin Love in the power forward role, and this will be his first start since May 2, when he registered 22 points and eight rebounds in a loss against the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Martin is averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game across 16 contests since the start of the first-round series against the Bucks.
Heat's Gabe Vincent: Good to go for Game 6
Vincent (ankle) is available for Saturday's Game 6 versus Boston.
Vincent missed Game 5 with a sprained left ankle but has been given the green light ahead of Saturday's tilt after going through his pre-game routine without issue. It's expected Vincent will reclaim his starting point guard spot from Kyle Lowry, while Haywood Highsmith could see a reduced role after playing 36 minutes Thursday.