The Boston Celtics did what they had to do.
They needed to take care of business and avoid being swept to take the series back home.
Moreover, they did it by holding onto a double-digit lead instead of collapsing in the second half, as they had done throughout the whole series.
Now, Charles Barkley believes all momentum is on their side, citing that they’ll have their fans at their home court rooting for them and making life miserable for their rivals, and going as far as to predict that Game 5 will be a “cakewalk” for Boston at home.
"I think Game 5 is gonna be a cakewalk for the Celtics" 👀
Chuck is confident that the C's will carry their momentum into next game 🍿 pic.twitter.com/0fqMBDMUV2
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 24, 2023
Barkley then cited that Game 6 will be like a Game 7 for the Heat, as they just cannot afford to let Boston even things up.
Notably, the Celtics have more than enough firepower to come back from this deficit, becoming the first team in NBA playoff history to do so.
However, Jimmy Butler continues to play great even in the losses, and Erik Spoelstra isn’t the kind of coach that’ll drop four games in a row, especially against the same rival.
The Celtics showed some fight and pride after pretty much tapping out in the first three games of the series, and coach Joe Mazzulla finally used his timeouts to prevent his team from digging itself into a hole again.
Whether they’re able to keep that momentum going and make the most of their home-court advantage to make this series interesting and push it a couple of more days remains to be seen.NEXT: Jaylen Brown Comments On Recent Reports About Celtics