The Boston Celtics should’ve taken care of business on Tuesday night.
They were 14-point favorites at home against the Dejounte Murray-less Atlanta Hawks in a potential close-out game.
The Celtics had a big lead for most of the game, even finding themselves up by 13 points with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Then, Hawks guard Trae Young took over, eventually stunning Boston fans with a 30-foot game-winner to take the series back to Atlanta.
The Celtics have put themselves in the worst possible situation says @GregJennings
"If they don't win Game 6, this could get interesting." pic.twitter.com/ow8cwXgy00
— The Carton Show (@TheCartonShow) April 26, 2023
That’s why sports analyst Greg Jennings believes Joe Mazzulla’s team could be in trouble.
The Celtics have the ability to close the series out in Game 6 at Atlanta, but allowing the undermanned Hawks to stay alive should be a reason for concern.
Murray will be back on the floor for the Hawks after serving a one-game suspension for bumping into an official.
The Hawks will be in front of their loyal fans on their home court, which is also a big factor to consider.
And more importantly, the Hawks have belief on their side to further extend this series.
The Celtics played like the best team in the Eastern Conference for most of the season, and some analysts believed they would sweep the seventh-seeded Hawks in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Boston cannot mess around and allow this series to go beyond six games, especially considering the Philadelphia 76ers already swept the Brooklyn Nets in their series.
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid is healing from a knee injury, and any extension of the Celtics-Hawks series would give him even more time to recover.NEXT: The NBA Shows Off The Clutch Factor Of De'Aaron Fox