When you are the Celtics, it so often comes down to the 3-pointer.
These Celtics did it again in their 110-97 home win over the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, burying 16 threes as a team.
Boston is now 8-1 in the playoffs when making at least 15 from beyond the arc.
“I was confident that we’d come back and just compete … we’ve been doing that for these last two games, guard Derrick White told reporters.
The Heat still lead the series, 3-2. But the Celtics trailed 3-0, and no one has ever come back from that deficit. Boston is making a case, with Game 6 set for Saturday at Miami.
- Coach Joe Mazzulla indicated he learned a lot from a member of his coaching staff. “One of our assistants put it in great perspective,” Mazzulla told reporters of the 3-0 deficit. “The season’s nine months long and we had a bad week.”
- Meanwhile, guard/forward Jaylen Brown put out a stern warning to the Heat. “They let us get two, so don’t let us get another one,” Brown said on TNT.
- Jared Weiss of The Athletic broke down the shift in momentum in the series. “Jayson Tatum finally solved Miami’s defense and looks so comfortable drawing doubles and finding shooters,” Weiss wrote. “The team is moving the ball with speed and decisiveness and the defensive pressure has been just right without overextending themselves.”