Boston Celtics

The Celtics and Cavs clash on Wednesday night in one of the most pivotal situations possible in an NBA Playoff series. The winner takes a 3-2 lead and strong control of the best-of-three that the knotted-up Eastern Conference Finals has become. In fact, you may believe that whoever wins Game 5 at TD Garden will win the series.

Celtics play-by-man Mike Gorman would agree with you. He told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich in his weekly call on Wednesday morning that he sees the Eastern Conference Finals going seven games, but that whoever wins Wednesday’s crucial Game 5 will ultimately move on to the NBA Finals. For that reason, he views the game as one the Celtics can’t afford to lose.

“I really think the home court is that important in this series,” Gorman said. “[The Celtics are] still alive, it’s not like it’s a win-or-go-home game. But I think the winner of [Game 5] wins the series.”

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) attempts a layup against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) and guard Marcus Smart (36) during the third quarter in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

Who Will The C’s Turn To?

Part of the challenge in winning the series for the Celtics will be to figure out if they have a go-to guy to score late, which Kyrie Irving would be if he were in the lineup. His absence has created a hole in those situations more than anything.

“[Kyrie] expects to be the guy down the stretch. That’s what’s missing from this team right now, is the expectation as to who would be the guy,” Gorman said. “The guy changes on a nightly basis, whereas if Kyrie were here we’d know what would happen in the final possessions of the half and the game. He’d have the ball and he’d be doing what he wanted to do. But that’s not the case right now. So they’re trying to decide who’s the best option and it changes on a nightly basis.”

Gorman also discusses the idea of starting Aron Baynes in Game 5, the Celtics’ poor first-half performances in the series, and what Marcus Smart should think about when he becomes a free agent. Listen above for the full interview!

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