Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum says the Celtics "are not done yet" as he remains fully confident his team can still win the championship. On Monday night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Celtics 104-94 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.
Tatum scored a game-high 27 points but it wasn't enough as the Celtics dropped Game 5 and now head back to Boston with a must-win situation in Game 6. "I've said it before: You better be confident, right?" Tatum asked.
"We ain't got to win two in one day. We just got to win one game on Thursday. We've been in this situation before. So it's not over. Got to win on Thursday. That's all we got to worry about right now."
Tatum and company will have to get it done in Game 6
The Celtics were down by 12 at the halftime but won the third quarter by an 11-point margin to cut the deficit to just one.
The Warriors played a bad third quarter but bounced back in the fourth quarter, which they won 29-20. "Obviously we're a little discouraged after having such a good third to come out in the fourth and not execute like we needed to," Celtics center Al Horford said.
"We felt like we had opportunities, kind of started playing like we were playing earlier in the game. That's definitely, you know, tough. Our backs are against the wall. This is the time that we look at each other in the eyes and we got to figure it out.
We have an opportunity now. Got to figure it out. There's no tomorrow for us." Just like Tatum, Jaylen Brown is confident the Celtics have what it takes to overturn the deficit and win the title. "I ain't got no choice (than to be confident)," Brown said.
"We don't have no choice. It's win or go home at this point. We worked incredibly hard all season to put ourselves in this position. I still feel like we have so much better basketball to play that we haven't played in the last two games.
I'm hoping that the next two games we play Celtic basketball and put our best foot forward like I know we can. I know the city is going to be behind us. It's going to be a big Game 6. Looking forward to it." The Celtics host the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday.