The Boston Celtics started their Eastern Conference semifinals series with a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors. But their advantage didn’t last too long.
The Raptors powered back in Games 3 and 4 to knot the series at two games apiece. The teams now essentially find themselves in a best-of-three situation, with the first to win two games advancing to the conference finals.
Boston made critical mistakes on both sides of the ball in its back-to-back losses to Toronto, something the C’s simply can’t do in Game 5 if they want to regain the series lead.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens revealed what he thinks will be key to Boston’s success ahead of the all-important contest.
“I think the biggest thing is that we’ve got to defend better at the start of the first and third quarters,” Stevens said, via the team. “That’s something that we’re paying close attention to, for sure.”
Tip-off from the Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.
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