ESPN columnist Jackie MacMullan joined Mut & Merloni Thursday to discuss the Celtics and Thursday night's Game 6 against the Hawks. The Celtics lead the series, 3-2, and have the opportunity to advance to the second round with a Game 6 victory.
"I expect them to win the game tonight, but here's what gives me pause: This has the same feel to it, to me, as Game 7 of the Bruins-Capitals," MacMullan said. "Everybody's like, 'Yeah, they never should have gotten to this point, but it's OK, they're home, they're going to take care of it.' Well, it just doesn't magically happen.
"Of course, and you don't think Doc [Rivers] is going to bring this up? The Celtics have never lost a series that they've been ahead 3-1. Never. You think these guys want to be the first ones to do that? I don't think so."
MacMullan noted that the Celtics have "everything they can handle" with center Al Horford back in the lineup for the Hawks, but that the Celtics should still be able to close out the series with their veteran lineup.
"In games like this, experience, players that have been there before, guys that know how to close it out, those teams generally win these games," she said. "You have to believe that that's the Boston Celtics."
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