Paul Pogba, Aurélien Tchouameni and Eric Dier watch the Miami Heat’s NBA Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics

Do you like the heat, guys? Paul Pogba, Aurélien Tchouameni, Jules Kounde and Eric Dier among the footballers at the edge of the field for game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference of Miami 93-80 at home against the Boston Celtics

  • Miami Heat lost 93-80 to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals
  • Paul Pogba was among those on the court for Wednesday’s NBA encounter
  • Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Brandon Austin also took part

The football season may be over for many, but that hasn’t stopped them from looking for a competitive edge elsewhere with a few in the United States to catch the NBA play-offs.

There were plenty of familiar faces in Miami on Wednesday night as the Miami Heat took on the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals.

Wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba sat pitchside at the FTX Arena as the Heat lost 93-80 at home.

Paul Pogba (center) was in Miami to watch the Heat take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night

French duo Aurélien Tchouameni (left) and Jules Kounde were also on the pitch at the FTX Arena

French duo Aurélien Tchouameni (left) and Jules Kounde were also on the pitch at the FTX Arena

Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Brandon Austin (LR) were also present

Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga and Brandon Austin (LR) were also present

The French international, currently out with a calf injury, was also joined in South Florida by international teammates Aurelien Tchouameni and Jules Kounde.

Monaco midfield star Tchouameni and Seville centre-back Kounde, whose future is uncertain this summer, were a picture of happiness as they posed for a photo op together on the pitch.

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

Dier also managed to catch up with Romeo Beckham – who was wearing a replica of the Heat’s Jimmy Butler No. 22 jersey.

And while Beckham supported the Heat, he wouldn’t have had much to cheer for as they were defeated by the Celtics.

Dier also chatted with Romeo Beckham – the latter showing his support for the Heat

Dier also chatted with Romeo Beckham – 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 an NBA Finals berth, running away after halftime to beat the Miami Heat 93-80 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% in Boston’s 20-point Game 4 win. 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 (center) made a monstrous dunk as he scored 25 points for Boston in their win

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

Game 6 takes place in Boston on Friday night, where a pair of newly named trophies bearing the names of Celtics legends will await. The Bob Cousy Trophy goes to the Eastern champions, the Larry Bird Trophy to the Eastern Finals MVP, and the Celtics are one win away from being the first team to hoist them.

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

The run in Game 5 was just as one-sided.

The score on 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 it.

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

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

Floyd N. Morlan