Celtics, Bucks View Game 5 As Must-Win

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Aron Baynes goes up for a shot against Tyler Zeller of the Bucks. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Prior to this year, Celtics had gone up two-nothing in 35 best-of-seven series in their history--and never lost.

Bucks have never recovered from a 0-2 hole in 13 tries.

But, none of that necessarily matters now, since Boston and Milwaukee are even at two entering tonight's Game 5 at the Garden. The home teams have won all four meetings.

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Celtics Forward Marcus Morris Can't Stop Criticizing Officials

Jaylen Brown and Giannis Antetokounmpo have high expectations for their teams.

"Gotta protect home court, gotta protect our house," Brown said. "Can't let nobody come in and get comfortable. They felt comfortable the last two games, up until those last two quarters. We kinda made them uncomfortable, and that's how we want to continue to play."

"It's like all the other games--we can't lose, we gotta get it," Antetokounmpo said. "We gotta play hard and try to get it, try to go back home with a lead."

In NBA history, the Game 5 winner of a tied series has gone on to claim 82 percent of those sets.

C's coach Brad Stevens said it's time to embrace the moment.

"We've been around basketball all our lives, and we've got a best of three to go on to the next round," he said. "It's a challenge, it's fun. It's what you're here for."

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. tonight.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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