3 Things We Learned From Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 On Friday

On Friday, the Miami Heat upset the Boston Celtics 111-103 on the road in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, forcing a pivotal Game 7 with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

Here are the three most important lessons from the Heat's win over the Celtics on Friday night.

1. Kyle Lowry's Performance was The Gamechanger For Miami

With their season on the line, the Miami Heat needed every single one of Jimmy Butler's 47 points in Game 6, but Kyle Lowry's performance was what really helped bring this team back to where we have seen them all year.

Lowry, who was dealing with a hamstring ailment that would likely keep him out for a few weeks if we were still in the regular season, really stepped up on both ends of the court for Miami after some extremely awful performances.

Prior to Friday's game, the six-time All-Star had only appeared in Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5, scoring a total of 14 points. On Friday, the veteran point guard ended with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, and only 2 mistakes, making a significant impact for the Heat on both ends of the court and stepping up when it needed the most in the series.

2. The Celtics were defeated due to turnovers.

You can blame Boston's loss on some questionable foul calls or missed baskets, but at the end of the day, their sloppiness on the offensive end of the floor gave Miami this game on a silver platter.

Not only did the Celtics' 18 turnovers result in quick scoring opportunities for Jimmy Butler and the Heat, but they also gave up a lot of scoring opportunities on their end on Friday night.

They concluded the game with six less shots than Miami, and who knows, maybe two more shots would have resulted in two more three-pointers and a different game outcome!

Miami is missing Jimmy Butler due to a knee injury, Kyle Lowry has one decent hamstring, a few of their role players are hurt, and Tyler Herro has not played since Game 3 due to a groyne issue.

3. Player Health Will Decide Who Wins This Series

For the Celtics, Marcus Smart is still out with a sprained ankle, while Robert Williams III is still out with left knee discomfort from a torn meniscus suffered in March.

With both teams battling with important injuries right now, player health will be a major factor in determining who wins this series. This series will be won by whichever team has the highest pain tolerance and can give it their best.