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Not only is there some awesome NBA playoff action tonight, but there is also something else to look forward to. The 2022 All-NBA teams are set, with one name ready to make history.

All-NBA Teams Take the Court

The 2022 All-NBA teams were named before Tuesday night’s playoff game. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected for the sixth time, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Sidney Moncrief for the most in Milwaukee history. He also ties Kareem for the most first-team selections in franchise history with four. 

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League MVP and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic of the Mavericks were also selected to the First Team, along with the Suns’ Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics.

The All-NBA Second Team selections were Ja Morant of the Grizzlies, Stephen Curry of the Warriors, DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, and the 76ers’ Joel Embiid. The Third Team comprises Trey Young of the Atlanta Hawks, Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Being selected to the All-NBA team is a significant addition to any NBA player’s resume, especially when seeking contract extensions. Towns and Booker are eligible for super-max extensions starting in 2024. If they both sign during the offseason, the four-year contracts will begin at 35% of the 2024 salary cap, making them worth $211 million each.

In addition, Young signed an extension that will go into effect next season, which has now increased by 5% due to his All-NBA selection. This makes it worth about $212 million for five years.  

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, tied 2-2. Here’s a look at this pivotal matchup tonight at FTX Arena.

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Boston Seeks Second Win In Miami

The Celtics won Game 1 of the series in Miami and are looking to take command with another win at FTX Arena. Both teams are battling a rash of injuries, with the Heat in worse shape with three of their starters possibly benched for Game 5. Boston has a chance to take advantage and head back to TD Garden with an opportunity to close out the series on Friday.

Boston is dealing with injuries to center Robert Williams III and Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, who are both listed as questionable for tonight’s game. It will be a big loss for the Celtics if the two starters aren’t in the lineup to help on the defensive end, where they both excel.

Jayson Tatum has been inconsistent for Boston, as has Jimmy Butler for Miami. Tatum averages 27.2 points in the postseason but has only averaged 17.7 points while shooting 42.2% from the field versus the Heat.

In the loss in Game 3, he had just ten points in 41 minutes. Butler is averaging more points per game than in the regular season against the Celtics, mainly due to the 102 points he scored in the first three games. In the last two games, he’s scored 14 points total and has virtually disappeared from the Miami offense.

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Butler will be looking for vengeance tonight at home after scoring six points on Monday as the entire team must show up on the offensive end of the floor. Even with Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro out of the game, this team is much better on offense than they displayed in Game 4.

Boston will get the win on the road to take control of the series. 

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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