Former Illinois Prep Athletes and their NBA Playoff Performances- May 29- Max Strus and the Heat are Done & Who is Left?

The NBA Finals are set with the Boston Celtics facing off against the Golden State Warriors. Celtics had a chance to close out the Eastern Conference Finals in six games but Jimmy Butler forced a Game 7. Unfortunately for Miami, Boston prevailed and closed out the series with a 100-96 win.

Stagg’s Max Strus did not have the best night but was the talk of the game. He hit a three early in the third quarter. It was later reviewed to confirm if it was a two or three. After the review, it was ruled Strus stepped out of bounds. While it was not in the final moments, it does hold significance as it would have put the score much closer. It still unclear for sure if it was the right call as it appears in the video that Strus’ heel never touched the line.

Strus did do his best to shake it off as he came up big late in the game with an actual made three that put the game within two points with 50.1 seconds to go in the game. Unfortunately that was all that he had left as he missed his final two three attempts down the stretch on their way to a season-ending loss.

Box Score

  • Max Strus (Stagg/Miami Heat)- 35 minutes, 8 points, 3/10 FG, 2/7 3PT, an offensive rebound, 8 total rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, a game-high 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, and +4 in a 100-96 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Next Up

Just two former Illinois prep athletes remain in the NBA playoffs. The Boston Celtics have Bolingbrook’s Brodric Thomas and Golden State Warriors have Lanphier’s Andre Iguodala.

Thomas has yet to play in the playoffs and likely won’t. Iguodala on the other hand, has not been played since April 24. It’s looking like he’ll see the floor once again in the NBA Finals.

The series starts with Game 1 on Thursday at 8:00 PM central at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

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