‘It’s not over’: Celtics lean on experience ahead of elimination game

June 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, United States; Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) shoots against the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during game two of the 2022 NBA Finals at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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June 15 (Reuters) – The Celtics said the experience they gained from winning three elimination games during the playoffs prepared them to do it again in Game Six of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Boston on Thursday do.

With their backs to the wall, the Celtics defeated the Bucks in two win-or-go home games and a seventh game against the Heat that secured them a ticket to the Finals.

Golden State, on the other hand, got blown out on his two close-outs on the road this postseason.

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“We’ve been in that position before,” Celtics forward Grant Williams told reporters on Wednesday.

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

Boston is 3-2 behind the Warriors and will likely need a big night from forward Jayson Tatum, who was brilliant at times but also faded in key stretches of the series.

“It’s not over yet,” Tatum said.

“I think if you’ve done it before you should have even more confidence than you can. Not that it will be easy or given to us, but you should be extremely confident as long as you have a chance. We have a chance tomorrow.”

Tatum said he had no need to give a “hero’s speech” to motivate his team.

“We know what’s at stake,” he said.

“Everyone in that dressing room should and will understand what we have to do, what’s at stake.”

To force a seventh game in San Francisco, the Celtics must avoid the mistakes that hurt them in the last two games, turnovers and a stagnant offense in the fourth quarter.

They also have to spend less time arguing with the umpires about what they did throughout game five, head coach Ime Udoka said.

“We have to focus our energy on the game and everything else that happens in between, rather than on the referees,” he said.

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

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