Boston Celtics: 3 keys beating the Miami Heat in Game 5

Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Another day, another Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Finals game on the horizon. This series has been a back and forth slugfest between the C’s and the Miami Heat. As it currently stands, the series is tied at two games a piece heading into Game 5 tonight. The Celtics are coming off an impressive 102-82 victory in Game 4 which helped make this a best of three series.

Miami will have home court advantage the rest of the way out, with tonight’s game and a potential Game 7 set to be held at FTX Arena. There’s a lot riding on this series for both teams. For the Heat, they are looking to prove that they can make it back to the NBA Finals and prove that their run in the 2020 bubble wasn’t a fluke. For the Celtics, they want to prove they have the best defense in the league.

Not to mention, Jayson Tatum is trying to cement himself as a bona-fide superstar. He took a big step forward last night when he was named to the All-NBA First-Team last night for the first time of his career. Combine that and a Finals appearence, all by his age 24 season, and Tatum’s legacy would be well underway

So what can we expect from the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in tonight’s crucial Game 5? Will it be a case where Miami shows up at home and takes a 3-2 series lead with an extra game in Miami in their back pockets? Or will it be a case where the Celtics step up to the challenge and try to close out the series at TD Garden on Friday night in Game 6? Here are three keys to a Celtics victory against the Miami Heat in Game 5.