WALTHAM – The Boston Celtics were back at practice on Monday in ahead of tomorrow’s virtual must win Game 5 at TD Garden.
“We’re ready to play Game 5,” Stevens said. “We did a lot of great things in Game 4. I was encouraged by why I saw.” Despite coming out with a loss on Sunday, the Celtics head coach seemed to be confident in his team heading into Tuesday night’s Game 5. Stevens also praised Jaylen Brown’s Game 4 performance, saying that he was the reason Boston was in the game down the stretch.
Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum said that he’s looking to build off of the Celtics’ second-half performance from Sunday’s Game 4 loss in Milwaukee.
When asked about the team’s mindset heading into Tuesday’s Game 5, Tatum seemed focused on finding a way to win.”Just get back on track,” Jayson Tatum said, “and try to build on what we did during the second half (of Game 4).” He also is looking forward to returning home to the friendly confines of TD Garden. “I’d much rather play at home with our fans,” said Tatum.
Jaylen Brown spoke with the media following practice noting the importance of defending your home court, while praising the fans at TD Garden.
“Playing in front of your home crowd, they can almost be like the best sixth man in the league.” Brown reiterated the crowd’s impact on games, especially in the postseason. He said they’ll need to be in the right mentality heading into Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Brown also discussed the development of Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, saying that he is “ahead of the curve”. He said that Tatum’s high level of play is a big reason why they have a chance to advance to the second round. “He’s one hell of a rookie though.”
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