Green believes they are starting to “trust” the ball with series now 3-2.
The Boston Celtics avoided elimination again on Wednesday night, this time it came at the Garden as they secured a 92-86 win over the New York Knicks to force a Game 6.
They now trail their rivals 3-2 in the series, and had five players finish the game in double scoring figures, including Kevin Garnett (16), Jeff Green (18) and Paul Pierce (16), while Brandon Bass and Jason Terry had 17 points apiece.
In contrast, it was a disappointing night for Carmelo Anthony and the returning J.R. Smith who went a combined 11-for-38 for the Knicks, as they have now lost two straight games and are still seeking their first playoff series win since 2000.
The nerves will be beginning to grow within the Knicks camp as they look to finish off the Celtics in Game 6 in Boston on Friday night, but should they fail to do so and Boston level the series, the Knicks will return home on Sunday afternoon for a deciding Game 7.
No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs, but with the Celtics determined not to go out with a whimper, they will be starting to believe that it is possible.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was delighted with the effort shown by his players, and revealed that “everyone just wanted to be in the fight tonight” in his post-game interview with the media.
Green was also pleased with the way his team performed, stating that they are starting to “trust the ball” and movements in order to find a way to win.