Celtics go for jugular


    THE Boston Celtics get their first chance to clinch their third conference finals berth in the last four seasons when they take on the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) near Orlando.

    The Celtics forged ahead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with a 111-89 blowout victory in Game 5 on Monday. A win Wednesday would send Boston to face the winner of the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks semifinal for the chance to represent the East in the NBA Finals set to begin Sept. 30.

    The Celtics lost in the conference finals in both 2017 and ‘18 before being eliminated in the semifinals by the Bucks last season. Despite being a win away from advancing, Boston isn’t resting on its laurels.

    “The job’s not finished yet,” swingman Jaylen Brown told reporters. “We’ve still got a lot of work that needs to be done.”