Pogba, Kounde & Dier watch Miami Heat's Game 5 loss to Boston Celtics

Enjoying the Heat, lads? Paul Pogba, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jules Kounde and Eric Dier among the footballers at courtside for Miami’s NBA Eastern Conference Game 5 93-80 home defeat by the Boston Celtics

  • Miami Heat lost 93-80 to Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals Game 5
  • Paul Pogba was among those courtside for the NBA encounter on Wednesday
  • Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Brandon Austin were also there

The football season may be over for many but that hasn’t stopped them seeking a competitive edge elsewhere with a few heading Stateside to catch the NBA play-offs.

There were plenty of well-known faces in Miami on Wednesday night as the Miami Heat faced the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference final.

Wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was sitting courtside at the FTX Arena as the Heat lost 93-80 at home.

Paul Pogba (centre) was in Miami watching the Heat face Boston Celtics on Wednesday night

France duo Aurelien Tchouameni (left) and Jules Kounde were also courtside at the FTX Arena

Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Brandon Austin (L-R) were also in attendance

The France international, who is currently sidelined with a calf injury, was also joined in south Florida by international team-mates Aurelien Tchouameni and Jules Kounde.

Monaco’s midfield star Tchouameni and Sevilla centre back Kounde, whose futures are in doubt this summer, were a picture of happiness as they posed for a snap together courtside.

There was also English representation courtside as Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Brandon Austin enjoyed the action too.

Dier also managed to catch up with Romeo Beckham too – who wore a replica of the Heat’s Jimmy Butler’s No 22 shirt.

And while Beckham was supporting the Heat, he wouldn’t have had a lot to cheer for as they fell to defeat by the Celtics.

Dier enjoyed a chat with Romeo Beckham too – with the latter showing his support for the Heat

Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and the Boston Celtics moved to the brink of a berth in the NBA Finals, running away after halftime to beat the Miami Heat 93-80 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference title series.

Al Horford had 16 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Celtics. Tatum finished with 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 32% in the game – after shooting 33 per cent in Boston’s 20-point win in Game 4. Gabe Vincent added 15, Jimmy Butler had 13 and Duncan Robinson scored 11 for Miami.

The Heat were seven for 45 from three-point range.

Jaylen Brown (centre) made a monstrous dunk as he scored 25 points for Boston in their win

Game 6 is in Boston on Friday night, where a pair of newly named trophies bearing the names of Celtics legends will be waiting. The Bob Cousy trophy goes to the East champs, the Larry Bird trophy to the East finals MVP, and the Celtics are one win away from being the first team to hoist them.

This series has seen massive momentum swings – a 44-14 Miami run in Game 1, a 60-21 Boston run in Game 2, a 46-20 Miami run to open Game 3 followed by a 57-33 Boston run in the same game, and a 26-4 spurt by the Celtics to open Game 4.

The Game 5 run was just as one-sided.

The score over a six-and-a-half minute stretch of the second half: Heat 2-24 Celtics. The turnaround was 59-58 Boston to 83-60 Boston, and that was that.

Jayson Tatum (second left) had 22 points as Boston are now one win away from the NBA Finals

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