After Home Wins, Celtics Seek Game 5 Victory In Miami

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Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots a three-pointer against the Heat on Sunday. (AP)
Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots a three-pointer against the Heat on Sunday. (AP)

After consecutive wins back home in Boston, the Celtics will try to take a 3-2 series lead against the Heat in Miami on Tuesday night.

Despite the hostile crowd and a Heat team that's looking to regain the upper hand, Kyle Draper, of Comcast SportsNet New England, said the Celtics will need to stay the course and stay aggressive in pivotal Game 5.

"The Celtics need to weather the storm at times throughout the game," Draper told WBUR Morning Edition host Bob Oakes. "If they do that — stay calm and stay focused — it should be an exciting finish."

Though the home team has won all four games in the Eastern Conference Finals, Draper pointed out that since 2008, the Celtics are 8-0 in playoff Game 5s when the series is tied 2-2.

The Heat will get a boost if injured forward Chris Bosh, who's listed as day-to-day, returns Tuesday. Draper thinks Bosh will play.

"And he does present a challenge for the Celtics," Draper said. "[Coach] Doc Rivers has said it: Kevin Garnett has been playing a one-man zone this series. ... If Bosh plays, he'll have to defend Bosh, so that creates different elements where KG has to work on both ends of the floor."

Game 5 tips off at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This article was originally published on June 05, 2012.

This program aired on June 5, 2012.


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