NBA: ‘It’s not over’ because the Celtics are leaning on experience before the elimination game

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - June 13: Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart # 36 reacted to a technical foul in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the 2022 NBA Finals at the Chase Center in San Francisco on June 13, 2022, Cal.  Note to the user: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, the user agrees to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / AFP (Photo via EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images AFP)

Marcus Smart # 36 of the Boston Celtics reacted after receiving a technical foul in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13, 2022 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / AFP

The Celtics said the experience of winning three eliminated games during the play-offs prepared them for the final in Game Six of the final against the Golden State Warriors in Boston on Thursday.

With their backs to the wall, the Celtics won two win-or-go-home games against the box and a game against Seven the Hit which punched their tickets to the final.

Golden State, meanwhile, was blown away by their two road close-out chances this post-season.

“We’ve been in this position before,” Celtic forward Grant Williams told reporters Wednesday.

“It’s one of those things where you embrace it. It’s exciting. You really live for it. “

With a 3-2 deficit behind the Warriors, a big night will probably be needed from Boston forward Jason Tatum, who has been great at times but missed important parts of the series.

“It’s not over,” Tatum said.

“I think doing it before should give you more confidence that you can. It’s not that it’s going to be easy or that it’s going to be given to us, but you should be extremely confident as long as you have the opportunity. We have a chance tomorrow. “

Tatum said he did not feel the need to give a “hero’s speech” to inspire his team.

“We know what the risks are,” he said.

“Everyone in that locker room should understand and what we want to do, what’s in line.”

To force a Game Seven back in San Francisco, the Celtics need to avoid the mistakes that have plagued them in the last two games, such as turnover and fourth-quarter stagnation.

They also need to spend less time arguing with the referees, something they have done throughout Game Five, says head coach Ime Udoka.

“We have to spend our energy on the game, and whatever is going on in it instead of the referees,” he said.

“It’s an area where we can definitely get better.”

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