The Boston Celtics are two games away from making NBA history if they beat the Miami Heat in the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals.
This team looked defeated after three games, but after that, they showed a different face and are now ready to level the series up.
Boston has become a case of study around the NBA since they have struggled in these playoffs, first against the Atlanta Hawks, and then against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green recently explained why the Celtics have gotten in trouble during this playoff run.
“With Boston, the ball tends to stop. And when it stops, Boston gets in trouble. They got in trouble last year against us in the Finals, they got in trouble the first three games of this series when they ball just stops. And they get in trouble when that happens.”
"When the ball stops, Boston gets in trouble"
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) May 27, 2023
Green explains that the Celtics players having 20+ point performances during Game 5 was the biggest proof that the Heat did a terrible job stopping the ball.
Not only did Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown show up for their squad, but the supporting cast also had a field day against Miami, dominating them from start to finish.
Now, they’re trying to get the third win of the series, which would force Game 7 in Boston, as they try to become the first team in NBA history to come back from an 0-3 deficit.
The Celtics are locked in after winning one game, and Jaylen Brown warned Miami about letting them win two games.
"They let us get two, so don't let us get another one."
– Jaylen Brown 👀 pic.twitter.com/EhxpnlBHSt
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 26, 2023
They are now keen to get another win and go back home, where the Heat will have a hard time beating them.
However, history shows that the Celtics have won Game 5 against the Heat by exactly 13 points during their last three playoff matchups.
If that is good for them, the second part of that stat is the complete opposite. The Heat have gone on to win Game 6, which would end the Celtics’ chances to force Game 7 tonight.
They’re not only playing against the Heat but against history as well.
Joe Mazzulla and his pupils know this is a big opportunity for them, but if they want to survive another day, they need to make a statement tonight.NEXT: Paul Pierce Has Made A Guarantee About Celtics, Heat Series