The Boston Celtics are on to Game 6 after surviving Friday night with a 121-108 victory over the Miami Heat.
After a slow start, Jayson Tatum was the star in Game 5 with 31 points and 10 rebounds. In the process, he set an NBA record for most postseason performances with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists before turning 23 years old.
But while Tatum was sensational, he wasn't the only Celtic who showed up in the do-or-die matchup. Jaylen Brown was outstanding with 28 points, including back-to-back clutch 3s in the 4th quarter.
So after the impressive Game 5 win, who are the C's X-factors going forward in the conference finals series? Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg discussed on a brand new Celtics Talk Podcast.
After seeing how Brown impacted the C's in Game 5, Draper picked the 23-year-old as Boston's most important player going forward.
"To me, Jaylen Brown is the key. He's so impactful with his minutes, defensively especially. I think he did a hell of a job on the Heat's perimeter guys like [Tyler] Herro and Duncan Robinson. Duncan went off early in the game but then they sort of held him to one 3 I think it was in the second half.
"So to me, it's Jaylen Brown, man. He's their best two-way player. When he's attacking, when he's getting to the line, knocking down the corner 3 which we saw as well, I just think he's awesome. He's the key."
Forsberg also picked Brown, but was sure to note big men Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis as honorable mentions following their huge Game 5 performance.
"Credit to [Kanter and Theis]. I thought Theis had a really rough Game 4, just didn't have his normal focus, intensity ... You need Theis to be good because you do need that size in there to rebound the basketball, to make things a little bit tougher on Bam [Adebayo]. When Theis is on, and you can sort of hide him on the perimeter guys and attack the zone the way he did, he can give you a lot of boost."
Also discussed on the new episode: What happened at halftime to fuel the Celtics’ comeback? How did the play of Enes Kanter change the momentum of the game? And how much will fatigue impact the C's chances of mounting a comeback?