Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live The stakes couldn’t be much higher than heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Through the first four games of the series, the two teams have alternated wins with the Celtics winning Games 1 and 3 and the Warriors emerging victorious in Games 2 and 4. With the series tied at two wins apiece, the Game 5 will likely go a long way toward determining the ultimate victor. Teams that win Game 5 of a best-of-seven series tied 2-2 go on to win that series more than 80 percent of the time.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live If the Warriors are going to be the team to take a 3-2 lead, they’re going to need some guys to step up around Steph Curry, who has been phenomenal throughout the series. Curry’s 43-point performance in Game 4 was a masterpiece, but Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole must do more if the Warriors are to win their fourth ring under Steve Kerr.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live On the other hand, the Celtics’ success may well depend on their ability to stop Curry, something they haven’t done so far. Maybe catching him and taking the ball out of his hands is the way to go. It is a strategy that is at least worth trying. Plus, Boston needs to take care of the ball. The Celtics are 1-6 this postseason in games in which they turn the ball over 15 or more times. By contrast, they are 13-2 when limiting their turnovers to 14 or fewer.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live Kick Off Time
Game: NBA Finals, Game 5
Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Chase Center — San Francisco, California
Live stream: fuboTV (Get access now)
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Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live This time, it wasn’t about which team got which room, though Golden State’s second-half shone much brighter than Boston’s, over a one-man wrecking crew.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live Fresh off a foot injury, Curry hit the floor and scored 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds that propelled Golden State to tie the series. But the biggest moments came in the clincher, hitting two shots, part of the Warriors’ 10-0 fourth-quarter run that erased a four-point deficit and created a six-point lead for Golden State.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live The Celtics, unbeaten after losses this postseason, were led by Jayson Tatum, whose 23 points came mostly in the first three quarters. Tatum only scored one basket in the fourth. Some help came from Jaylen Brown (21 points), Marcus Smart (18 points), and Robert Williams III (12 points).
We hate watching the NBA Finals through simplistic filters, but there’s a familiar pattern: Boston wins, Golden State wins, rinse and repeat. This would spell trouble for the Warriors at home in Game 7, but getting to a Game 7 after being down 2-1 would still be a good thing.
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Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live prediction, Game 5 picks
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live Bill Reiter: The Celtics are younger, more athletic, deeper, better on defense, and on a remarkable run of resilience and top-notch basketball since turning their season around toward the end of January. But they don’t have Stephen Curry. And, as we saw in Game 4, nor can they stop him. Klay Thompson has somewhat found his footing, Kevon Looney has been quietly excellent late in games in these Finals, and there’s still time for Draymond Green to have the impact we all expected. But that’s just noise serving as the background music to the fact that Curry is a historically great player, and, like in Boston a few nights ago, he’s not going to let his team lose Game 5, regardless of his supporting cast. Pick: Golden State -3.5 | Warriors 112, Celtics 107
Brad Botkin: I picked Boston to win in seven, but it won’t win Game 5. Curry is too hot, and I think Klay, who has had stretches in which he’s looked about ready to detonate, gets going back home. Draymond has to be better. I’m banking on that. At this point in the series, I don’t think adjustments make that big a difference. Few surprises remain. I’m curious just how long Boston is going to keep dropping (even if they’re efforting to start higher) on Curry, but if that changes up, it could ignite Green as the 4-on-3 playmaker, which could in turn fire him up defensively. That’s something to watch. Anyway, I think Golden State wins this one. Curry is too much right now. Pick: Golden State -3.5 | Warriors 102, Celtics 95
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live James Herbert: Boston’s the pick. This team bounces back every time it loses, and, more specifically, it bounces back on offense. I expect this to look more like Game 3 than Game 4, especially when it comes to Jayson Tatum’s playmaking. (If I’m wrong because Steph goes wild again, awesome!) Pick: Boston +3.5 | Celtics 114, Warriors 103
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Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live Michael Kaskey-Domain: It’s tough to pick against Steph Curry given how well he’s played in the series, but his supporting cast has been inconsistent, to say the least. Curry can only do so much, especially if Boston alters its defense to try to force the ball out of Curry’s hands, and it’s tough to trust the guys around him to get the job done at this point. Plus, Boston has been stellar coming off a loss this postseason as it’s gone 7-0 in such situations. Jayson Tatum, in particular, has stepped his game up following Boston losses, and he can be expected to do the same in Game 5. Pick: Boston +3.5 | Celtics 106, Warriors 100
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live Sam Quinn: We’ve reached the point in the series where both teams know each other. We know what the rotations will look like. They’ve learned each other’s playbooks. There aren’t many surprises left here. Here’s the one thing we know somewhat emphatically: Golden State can limit Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown … but Boston can’t do anything to stop Stephen Curry. Plenty of other things can swing a game. Maybe one team’s role players make significantly more shots. Maybe one team gets to the line more often. There are no guarantees in the NBA Finals, but with four games in the books, I’m taking the only constant this series has given us: Curry. Pick: Golden State -3.5 | Warriors 110, Celtics 101
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors live Colin Ward-Henninger: Usually, at this point in a Finals series, you can start to throw tactics and adjustments out the window, but that’s not necessarily the case here. Steve Kerr is still playing with rotations, and his choice to separate Draymond Green and Kevon Looney proved useful in Game 4. The Warriors’ half-court offense hasn’t been good, even with Steph Curry’s exploits, but Jordan Poole appears to be turning a corner and they’ll likely get more from Otto Porter in Game 5. The Celtics have played well on the road and after losses, but Golden State knows how important it is to win this game heading back to Boston. Give me the Warriors. Pick: Golden State -3.5 | Golden State 109, Boston 105
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