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The Celtics know what their biggest weaknesses are and eight other reasons why they can still win an NBA title.

Here are nine reasons why the Celtics can still get out of their grim predicament and find a way to win an NBA title.

1 The Warriors Left Daylight In Playoffs

During these playoffs, Golden State has the first chance to end the series 0-3. Obviously, those losses didn’t matter because the Warriors are still standing. But it can be a sign that they are giving up when they have a pillow. The Celtics are the best team Golden State has faced this postseason. If the Warriors fail to win on Thursday, they may regret the missed opportunity. Anything is possible in Game 7, where one random performance can change everything.

Can Draymond Green and the Warriors solve this problem on the road?Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

2 The Celtics Realize Their Biggest Flaw

The Boston Barometer of Success is pretty simple. The Celtics are 14-2 when they’re under 16 and 0-7 when they’re not. Of course, the team has been aware of this trend for some time and hasn’t always been able to do something about it. But when the stakes were at their highest, Boston was able to refocus and get rid of those problems. In three elimination games in those playoffs, he averaged 11.7 turnovers per game and never had more than 14.

3. Robert Williams looks healthy again

The postseason has been a roller coaster ride for the talented young center, who has struggled with left knee soreness associated with his March 30 meniscus tear repair surgery. His playing time was limited and he appeared rusty as he returned for the final two games of a first-round victory over the Nets. He had a setback when he suffered a bruised bone in the semi-finals against the Bucks, and has since looked lame from time to time. But for most of this series, Williams has been reminiscent of the athletic powerhouse that has become such an asset for the Celtics this year. In his last two games, he’s broken the 30-minute mark for the first time this postseason, and is shooting 88.9% from the field in the series.

4. Protection remains very good

In the regular season, the Celtics’ elite defense averaged just 106.2 points per 100 possessions. In the NBA Finals, against a strong offense, that figure rose slightly to 110.6, which would still be in the top 10 in the NBA during the regular season. Stephen Curry has had some masterful performances, but the Boston wall is unlikely to come down. And when the effort wanes, it’s most noticeable on the other side of the court.

“We defend well enough to win,” said coach Ime Udoka.

5. Is the curry completely cold? May be?

The Warriors won Game 5 despite Curry missing all nine of his 3-point attempts. It was the first playoff game of his career in which he did not make a single. It could just be a blowout, but what if it’s actually the start of a small downturn? The Celtics made a concerted effort to get Curry on the defensive end in Game 5 in an attempt to wear him down and it could have affected him. At 34, he may be feeling tired as this long postseason draws to a close. He probably won’t go 0 for 9 again, but this streak would be somewhere else if he didn’t fire up during the first four games.

Did the Celtics find a way to slow Stephen Curry down in Game 5?Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

6. Jason Tatum can warm up

Look, it wasn’t the best postseason for Tatum, who was selected to the NBA First Team. Basically, he had two iconic moments: his 46-point burst in Game 6 in Milwaukee and his game-winning shot in Game 1 against the Nets. Other than that, he was, well, fine. But in Game 5, he shot 10 of 20 shots, on the first night in the Finals, he hit at least 50 percent of his shots. And his three-pointer looked good throughout the series. If he can hit one or two hard finishes early in Game 6 and find rhythm on the free throw line, he may still have time for his final shot. Boston has won the last six games in which Tatum has scored at least 10 penalties.

7. The disasters of the third quarter may be a thing of the past.

In the first four games of the series, the Celtics were completely defeated in the third quarter, trailing 50.6 points per 100 possessions. The damage was so severe that it was likely that some doubt and anxiety crept in at halftime. But in the third quarter of Game 5, the Celtics hit six 3-pointers to beat Golden State 35–24. At least it shouldn’t be a dark cloud anymore.

A healthy Robert Williams is a game-changer for the Celtics.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

8. The Celtics are bigger, more athletic and ready to attack.

With Williams healthy and turnover limited, Boston can use one of their strengths in this game. In Boston’s 16-point win in Game 3, he had only 12 assists, 15 offensive rebounds and 22 second chance points.

9. The road is not intimidating

On Wednesday, the Celtics insisted they weren’t counting on Game 6 on Thursday, and it would certainly be wise not to do so with them. But in that case, there will be a much bigger setback on Sunday with a potential Game 7 in San Francisco. But the Celtics have already won there once in this series, and are leading 8-4 in the playoffs on the road. These environments just don’t affect them very much.


Adam Himmelsbach can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.

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