Jaylen Brown issues 6-word stern warning to Heat following dominant game 5 win in NBA Eastern conference final
Jaylen Brown, once again, issued a stern warning to the Miami Heat, urging them not to underestimate the Boston Celtics and allow the team to secure even a single win in the Eastern Conference finals.
With the Celtics facing a 3-0 deficit in the series, Brown emphasized the importance of not giving their opponents any chance to make a comeback. Unfortunately for the Heat, they failed to capitalize on two opportunities to eliminate the Celtics.
"They let us get two…"
Jaylen Brown with a familiar message 🗣
Game 6 BOS/MIA:
Saturday, 8:30 PM ET on TNT pic.twitter.com/ho9GfcnFaS
— NBA (@NBA) May 26, 2023
Following the Celtics’ impressive 110-97 victory in Game 5, Brown revisited his earlier comments and delivered another cautionary message, stating, “They let us get two… Don’t let us get another one.”
Although Brown may not have been as reliable throughout the series, he showed signs of improvement in the final two games, especially on defense. He scored 21 points and had three steals on Thursday while shooting 50.0% overall and 3-of-5 from outside the arc.
In Game 5, the Celtics undoubtedly put on their greatest effort of the 2023 playoffs. By the conclusion of the first quarter, they had built a 15-point lead, and they controlled the game the rest of the way, even increasing it to 24 points at one point.
Four Celtics players, including Brown, scored 20 points or more, which is quite impressive. Derrick White scored 24 points, Jayson Tatum scored 21, and Marcus Smart scored 23.
The Celtics’ dominant performance in Game 5, along with Jaylen Brown’s warning, has seemingly shifted the momentum in the series, putting pressure on the Miami Heat to respond in order to prevent the Celtics from further extending the series.
Jaylen Brown’s Warning for Heat
Earlier when the Boston Celtics, were behind the Miami Heat 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals, they became focused on avoiding elimination and salvaging the series. The Celtics looked ready to come up and play their best game of the season in Game 4 after an underwhelming showing in Game 3, where they were outplayed and blown out.
Jaylen Brown declared, “Don’t let us get one. Don’t let us get tonight. Our mindset is if you let us get one, we’ll feel confident. We’re going to come out and play free, play ready, and we should be fine.” With a strong resolve, the Celtics seemed prepared to fight back and make a statement in the upcoming games and that is exactly what they did as they won both games 4 and 5.
Celtics fightback to qualify for NBA finals
With a defeat forcing a deciding Game 7 on the Celtics’ court, the Miami Heat are under extreme pressure to wrap out the series in Game 6. With back-to-back dominating victories in Games 4 and 5, the Celtics have significantly increased their momentum, leaving the Heat vulnerable going into a pivotal Game 6 at home.
The Heat must also carry the burden of not being the first NBA playoff club to blow a 3-0 lead. The Heat camp is probably uneasy as a result of the Celtics’ recent two overwhelming performances, which have increased the pressure on them.
Derrick White led all scorers with 24 points after hitting six of his eight three-point attempts. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both scored 21 points, while Marcus Smart contributed 23. Miami had no players with at least 20 points, compared to Boston’s four.
A repetition of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals may be in the cards given the current situation, which looks to be tipping the series in favor of the Boston Celtics. To prevent a meltdown and go to the next round, the Heat will need to refocus and perform admirably in Game 6.
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