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Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5
Wednesday, May 28
8:30 PM ET
TV: ESPN
TD BankNorth Garden 
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After an unsatisfactory showing in Game 4, the Celtics will look to take care of business on their home floor tonight, as the series shifts back to the TD BankNorth Garden tied up at 2-2.

Game 4 may not have gone as planned, but let’s not get too greedy, here. Expecting the Celtics to win back-to-back road games was a bit out of the question. At the end of the day, they got the monkey off their back in Game 3 and this series is exactly where everybody thought it would be at this point: 2-2.

Tonight’s Game 5 is a must-win if I’ve ever seen one. The Celtics don’t want to put themselves in a position where they are down 3-2, facing elimination on the road. That’s not where they want to be. The green need to come out with fire in Game 5, play every possession like it’s their last, and take care of business at home.

CELTICS! Hoorah! CELTICS! Hoorah! CELTICS! Hoorah! One, two, three, UBUNTU.

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Projected Starters

C Rasheed Wallace / Kendrick Perkins
PF Antonio McDyess / Kevin Garnett
SF Tayshaun Prince / Paul Pierce
SG Rip Hamilton / Ray Allen
PG Chauncey Billups / Rajon Rondo

 

Key Matchup: Tayshaun Prince vs. Paul Pierce

Pierce shot just 7-20 from the field in both Games 3 and 4 combined. Expect the captain to come out with more oomph and some additional offensive aggression in Game 5. On the other end, Tayshaun Prince is just about due for a big offensive outing himself. Through the first four games of this series, Prince has shot a gruesome 31.5% (17-54); you’ve got to expect him to break out of his shell at some point, right?.

 

Celtics X-Factor: Sense of Urgency

Initial sentiments restated: The Celtics don’t want to put themselves in a position where they are down 3-2, facing elimination on the road. That’s not where they want to be. The green need to come out with fire in Game 5, play every possession like it’s their last, and take care of business at home.

 

Injury Report
BOS – Scot Pollard (torn tendon in left ankle – out for season)

 

Celtics Keys to the Game

  • Sense of Urgency
  • Defensive Rotations
  • Rebounding
  • Attack
  • Ray Allen
  • Ball Movement
  • Ball Control
  • Bench Play

Yeah, basically everything. Go get 'em, green.