Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics approach Game 5 against Miami Heat feeling more urgent, especially to begin

MIAMI — In three out of four Eastern Conference finals games, the winning team at the end the first quarter is always the one that prevails.

Also, the Boston Celtics Get ready to take on the Miami Heat With the series tied at two games apiece, Game 5 at FTX Arena Wednesday night, the Celtics realize they must make a strong start to this match to secure a much-needed road win.

Celtics star said, “Whatever happened last week is last game. Regardless of whether we won 25 or 2, it doesn't matter.” Jayson Tatum After Wednesday's Boston shootaround, he said. “They all count together as one [win]. Therefore, we shouldn't feel bad about ourselves. [in Game 4].

“And we shouldn’t relax. It should be viewed as a new series, and tonight's game is crucial. If you view something as a must win and feel more urgency, especially to begin, that's how I believe we should approach tonight. That starts with the first five, six minute of the game.

The two previous rounds are backdated to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Milwaukee BucksThe Celtics now have a perfect 5-0 record, compared to their previous loss. Boston is now a miserable 1-4 after their wins. Their only win came at home against Milwaukee in Game 7.

Boston will need to win the series in order to make it to the NBA Finals. The Celtics won Game 2 here last Wednesday.

Boston's ability to manage the ball is another difference. They've only committed a few turnovers in their two Celtics wins. The two Celtics losses saw them throw the ball around the gym, allowing Heat to get one transition basket after the next.

Guard: “I believe we are confident” Payton Pritchard said. “We know what to do, take care and set the tone defensively. But we've been there before.”

“It all starts with the jump…it starts with our intensity. When we lose, we play like our backs against the wall. That mentality was a must for every game. We also had to be able to just take care the ball. We had 39 turnovers in the games that we lost. The games that we won had 18 turnovers. This is a huge difference.

Boston also awaits to see if both guards are available Marcus Smart The center Robert Williams III Both are listed as doubtful for the second consecutive game. Smart continues to be ill with the right leg sprain that prevented him from playing in Game 4. Celtics coach Ime-Udoka stated that Smart has pain, swelling, and soreness in his ankle ahead of Game 5. He will again receive treatment during the day before the decision is made about his status.

Williams is still suffering from ongoing soreness. His problem stems only from his left knee, which has been causing him many problems over the past two years. Williams underwent surgery to repair his meniscus late last season. He missed Boston's first round series against Brooklyn. Williams also missed three games in Milwaukee because of soreness from a bone fracture.

He also sat out Boston’s Game 3 loss with soreness to his knee. However, he returned in Game 4 – though he seemed to be limping at points in the third quarter.

Udoka, like Smart, said Williams will get treatment throughout the day until his status is determined.

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