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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics one win away from the NBA Finals

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics one win away from the NBA Finals

1:22 - Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn break down the Celtics big Game 5 win over the Cavaliers, and discuss what they think the keys are for the Celtics to get a win on the road and end the series in game 6.

6:03 - The Celtics were able to hold LeBron James to 26 points in game 5, Brian Scalabrine and Kyle Draper break down what they saw the Celtics do to slow down LeBron, and how they can build off that to finish the series.

10:06 - Gary Tanguay, Mike Giardi and Chris Gasper discuss Robert Kraft’s comments about Tom Brady’s absence at Patriots OTAs. 

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Tatum delivers with 24 points for C's in pivotal Game 5

Tatum delivers with 24 points for C's in pivotal Game 5

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

STARS

Jayson Tatum: Once again Jayson Tatum delivered one of those “I can’t believe he’s a rookie!” performances for the Celtics. In addition to scoring a team-high 24 points, Tatum also had seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots – the only rookie in the last 55 postseasons to register that many rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots in a playoff game. Yeah, he was that good, people!

LeBron James: This was yet another game in which LeBron James got little support from those around him. He finished with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists. 

Celtics fans: They have truly been the X-factor in Boston’s favor every time this team has stepped on the floor during this postseason. Boston has now won 10 in a row at home during the playoffs, the longest winning streak by the franchise since 1986.  

 

STUDS

Al Horford: His activity around the rim was at a level Boston absolutely had to have if they were to win this game. He finished with his seventh double-double of this postseason, with 15 points and 12 rebounds which factored into him having a game-high plus/minus of +22.

Aron Baynes: He didn’t deliver stud-like numbers (six points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots), but there was no mistaking his presence was a huge, huge factor in the game’s outcome. 

Marcus Smart: There weren’t a bunch of highlight-worthy plays made by Smart, but his overall play defensively along with some really clutch baskets made for a strong, all-around night for Smart who tallied 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting along with four rebounds and four assists without a single turnover.

 

DUDS

Cavs backcourt: J.R. Smith and George Hill were once again non-factors for Cleveland. They combined to score nine points on Wednesday while missing nine of their 11 shot attempts.

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