Brad Stevens calls for Boston Celtics to play with poise
The Celtics blew out the Cavaliers on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The series shifts back to Cleveland in a win-or-go-home situation.
The Cavaliers have been good at home, and their role players have played exceptional well there. And Boston, while they have not lost at home, have played terribly when they go to Cleveland.
So Stevens, who is leading a very young group of men to a place no one every dreamed, said the Celtics need to find a way to not go for knockout punches on offense all the time, per Scott Souza of GateHouse Media.
#Celtics coach Brad Stevens: We have to play with poise on offense. When we try to hit home runs it gets us out of our competitive spirit … It really hurts us in transition when we have bad offense.
— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) May 24, 2018
The Celtics were able to play with poise in Game 5, as they withstood a run by the Cavaliers early in the game only to take control for good. The Cavaliers were never truly in the game or threatening to overtake the Celtics.
But going into hostile territory, where the young Celtics have struggled, is a different story. On the road, the Celtics will have to extra disciplined if they want to upset the Cavaliers and avoid a Game 7.
Speaking of Game 7, it will be in Boston if the series should play out that way. But the Celtics do not want to give LeBron James a chance to beat them in that type of game. He’s too good.
If you’re the Celtics, you need to find a way to send this series on Friday. And poise on offense will certainly help with that.