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Celtics and Warriors battle for series lead 3-2


Jayson Tatum warming up before Game 5. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Celtics have another pivotal Game 5 on their hands.

Boston travels to San Francisco for Game 5 of the NBA Finals and is looking to take a 3-2 series lead. The Celtics had a chance to win their third game of the series in Boston for Game 4, but a 43-point masterclass from Steph Curry and a poor shot in the Celtics’ final minutes led the Warriors to a night of the series. Friday night.

While the Warriors’ top star continues to make his mark on the Finals, the Celtics can’t say they received a similar effort from them. Jayson Tatum is shooting just over 34 percent from the field in the series, averaging 22.3 points per game.

Will Tatum come out of his slump and steer the Celtics away from an NBA title or will Curry put on another performance to steer them away from a win of their fourth championship?

We’ll have everything from Monday’s Game 5 here.

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News and pre-game notes

8:30 p.m.: The Celtics will roll with their usual starting lineup of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams.

8:25 p.m.: Celtics radio play-by-play announcer Sean Grande reminds us of just how historically the Celtics have been on the road over the past few months.

8:10 p.m.: How the Celtics should keep Steph Curry was the biggest topic between Games 4 and 5. Celtics coach Ime Udoka hinted on Sunday that his team would likely continue to keep him as they have. done and not to send duplicates off the screens.

“We want them above the 3-point line and low on the 3-point line,” Udoka said. “We leave that to our guards. Lots of responsibility where they want to take him under pressure and mix up his pickup point. Understand that they can make unders that have been quite successful against him, if it’s high enough. If not, force him to enter a mirror contest. Get accountability from these guys more than anything.

“Their big ones don’t come out really fast. So we can show a crowd there and really try to set up the screens and free them up as much as possible rather than rolling around so our big ones don’t have to worry about falling off.

8 p.m.: Jayson Tatum paid tribute to many sports icons during the Celtics’ run to the Finals. His fit for Game 5 pays homage to another.

7:25 p.m.:

  • Celtics center Robert Williams is available for Game 5 on Monday. Although Williams has played the last eight games, there were questions about whether he could make Game 5 after asking to leave Game 4 early. Williams had his best performances since tearing his meniscus in late March in Games 3 and 4. On Friday, he had seven points in 12 boards, making the playoffs in 31 minutes before asking early.
  • Everyone is also available to pick up the Warriors.
  • This is the 31st NBA Finals to be tied 2-2 in the first four games. In the first 30 of those cases, the winner of Game 5 won the series 22 times.
  • The Celtics are yet to lose consecutive playoff games, going 7-0 in such games. They are also 8-3 on the road in this playoff series. A Celtics win in Game 5 would tie the record for most postseason playoff wins.
  • The Warriors are 10-1 at home in their playoff run. Their only defeat at home? Game 1 against the Celtics.


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