Celtics, Warriors battle for 3-2 series lead


Jayson Tatum arrives at Chase Center for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Celtics have another pivotal Game 5 on their hands.

Boston travels to San Francisco for Game 5 of the NBA Finals looking to take a 3-2 series lead. The Celtics had an opportunity to win their third game of the series in Boston for Game 4, but a 43-point masterclass from Steph Curry and poor shooting in the final minutes from the Celtics led to the Warriors evening the series on Friday night.

As the Warriors’ top star continues to make his mark on the Finals, the Celtics can’t say they’ve received a similar effort from theirs. Jayson Tatum’s shooting just a smidge above 34 percent from the field in the series, averaging 22.3 points per game.

Will Tatum break out of his slump and move the Celtics a win away from an NBA title or will Curry put up another performance to move him a win away from his fourth championship?

We’ll have everything that happens in Monday’s Game 5 here.

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Pregame news and notes

7:25 p.m.:

  • Celtics center Robert Williams is available for Monday’s Game 5. While Williams has played in the last eight games, there were some questions if he’d be able to go for Game 5 after he asked to leave Game 4 early. Williams had his best performances since he tore his meniscus in late March in Games 3 and 4. On Friday, he had seven points in 12 boards, playing in a playoff-high 31 minutes before asking out early.
  • Everyone is also available to go for the Warriors.
  • This is the 31st NBA Finals to be tied 2-2 through the first four games. In the first 30 such instances, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the series 22 times.
  • The Celtics have yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason, going 7-0 in such games. They’re also 8-3 on the road during this playoff run. A Celtics win in Game 5 would tie the record for most playoff wins in a postseason.
  • The Warriors are 10-1 at home during their playoff run. Their one home loss? Game 1 against the Celtics.

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