June 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Ime Udoka assured the press that the Celtics usually are not wanting previous the Warmth going into Sport 6
  • Jayson Tatum echoed his coach’s feedback as he appears to keep away from a repeat of 2018
  • The Celtics took down the Miami Warmth in Sport 5, 93-80

Boston — The Boston Celtics stormed again within the second half of Sport 5 to take a 3-2 sequence lead towards the Miami Warmth within the Jap Convention Finals, however complacency isn’t of their dictionary in any respect.

Head coach Ime Udoka preached concerning the significance of taking issues one step at a time throughout his time within the postgame press convention.

“We needed to come out with the precise mentality after a win and we did that. We need to do the identical and shut it out at dwelling. [We] know the urgency of not coming again right here and so, for our guys, it’s only one extra step and proceed to grind it out,” he defined.

The Warmth shortly jumped the Celtics to start out out Sport 5 due to their quickness and crisp execution, which allowed them to take a five-point lead going into halftime.

Nonetheless, a concerted group effort from the Celtics stifled the Warmth offense to simply 16 factors within the third quarter.

Furthermore, they exploded for 32 factors, plus had seven assists whereas clamping down the Warmth to zero.

Boston’s lead would balloon to 23 factors, however Miami was not going to take issues mendacity down and fought exhausting to chop the lead within the fourth quarter.

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The momentum shift was just too late for a Warmth group that was lacking the companies of Tyler Herro as they dropped Sport 5 to the Celtics.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown mixed for 47 of the Celtics’ 93 factors, whereas the tandem of Marcus Sensible and Robert Williams III led the protection to restrict the Warmth to 80.

Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball towards Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Warmth in the course of the fourth quarter in Sport 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Jap Convention Finals at FTX Area on Might 25, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs

Echoing the feelings of his new head coach, Tatum is totally conscious of how essential it’s for them to have an underdog mentality as he hopes to keep away from repeating the identical destiny they suffered within the 2018 Jap Convention Finals.

“We are able to’t assume that it’s over with. We have to return dwelling like we’re down 3-2 [and play] with that sense of urgency, not enjoyable as a result of we’re up. We nonetheless must be higher. The job’s simply not completed but,” Tatum stated.

Tatum had an ideal popping out get together on the time as he led the Celtics to a 3-2 lead over the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, however “King James” was merely an excessive amount of for them to beat as he carried his squad to a Sport 7 victory en path to going through the Golden State Warriors.

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Regardless of the Warmth more likely to have Herro unavailable for Sport 6, Jimmy Butler’s potential to blow up for 40 factors may catch the Celtics off their guard if they don’t play with the urgency preached by Tatum and Udoka.

The Celtics coach is totally conscious of the implications of their subsequent assembly with the Warmth, and he reassured the media that their focus is solely on Sport 6 first.

“We all know what we’re all about. For us, I don’t assume anyone’s attending to the Finals. We nonetheless to know what the deal is and what the duty forward is,” Udoka acknowledged.

Sport 6 will probably be performed on the Celtics’ dwelling ground of the famed TD Backyard on Friday, Might 27 with the tip-off slated for 8:30 PM ET.

Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics bench reacts to Jaylen Brown’s monstrous dunk towards the Miami Warmth in the course of the fourth quarter in Sport 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Jap Convention Finals at FTX Area on Might 25, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs

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