The Boston Celtics extended their postseason undefeated streak at the TD Garden last night to 10 games with a win in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Al Horford believes he knows why the team has been so dominant at home.
The Celtics won 96-83 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night with Jayson Tatum being the best player on the court with 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocks while shooting 7-of-15 from the field.
Horford contributed towards Boston's win as well, as he scored 15 points with 12 rebounds and an assist while also adding a steal and shooting 4-of-9 from the field. However, the center believes there was an even bigger factor towards the team's win on the night, as well as during their previous home games in the playoffs this season.
Speaking to NESN, the 31-year-old said had a simple explanation as to why the Celtics have been so dominant at home in the postseason so far. He believes the fans play a big part as they drive them as a team.
Horford said after the game: “You know, I just think that at home, one of the big things is, I truly believe is our fans. You know, I feel like our guys feed off of them, you know and really just drives us as a group.
"Sometimes on the road it’s just different in the playoffs. You get on the road and you’re just out there against everybody else. Here I just think that our guys just feel, you know, comfortable and good. And that’s a credit to the atmosphere that’s here. It’s just a lot of fun to play in right now.”
Horford and the rest of the Celtics will be hoping that the next time the team plays a home game in the playoffs will be the NBA Finals, and they only need one more win to book their spot in the Finals for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
That win could come in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which takes place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday night.
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