The Celtics are confident poor playoff road record won't affect them against the Cavs

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The Boston Celtics are just two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 after securing a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

They successfully protected home court once again in these playoffs and are now a perfect 9-0 at TD Garden.

Their record on the road, however, isn't nearly as impressive. In five games, they're just 1-4 and this will give the Cavs belief that they can turn the series around.

Boston's sole road win came in overtime against the Philadelphia 76ers in round two where they had to dig deep.

As the conference finals shifts to Cleveland, several Celtics players were asked about their poor away record but didn't sound too concerned after two strong victories over their opponents.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Two

"I think we're pretty confident, just as confident as we were at home," Jaylen Brown said, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg.

"There's a difference definitely between being on the road and at home, just the energy disparity. At home the energy is for you, away it's against you. But if you do what you're supposed to do and you are who you are, it'll show, home or away."

The Celtics' bench players have often struggled on the road and haven't had much of an impact which opponents have exploited.

With a largely inexperienced second unit, this doesn't come as a huge surprise as many of them are not used to the pressures of playing at this level.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One

But Marcus Smart - the leader of the bench group - believes they'll give a better acount of themselves in Ohio.

"We haven't played well. We understand that. We understand that other teams see that and are going to try to exploit it, but that's the beauty about this game," Smart said.

"Just take one game. You never know. Things change. Our confidence is high. Who knows? We're going to go in with a game plan and try to execute it to the best of our ability."

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One

Their away woes in the playoffs are in complete contrast to the regular season where they won 28 games away from TD Garden - the most in the east.

But with the stakes so much higher heading to the Quicken Loans Arena, the C's are motivated to produce their best when it matters most and put themselves on the brink of competing for the championship.

After losing their first home game in the postseason to the Indiana Pacers, the Cavaliers have won five straight at home so it won't be an easy task for the Celts.

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