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Joe Mazzulla makes a blunt quote before Boston Celtics play game 5

The Boston Celtics will host the Dallas Mavericks in Massachusetts on Monday night for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Celtics have a chance to close out the series and win the 2024 NBA Championship.

Most recently, they lost Game 4 by a score of 122-84 (in Dallas).

Head coach Joe Mazzulla met with the media on Sunday and was asked about the possible title win (h/t Celtics on NBC Sports Boston).

Reporter: You have the opportunity to be part of a very special brotherhood of coaches here in Boston who have won titles… What would it mean to you to be a part of that?’

Mazzulla responded bluntly.

Mazzulla: “That will never happen if you don’t run back on defense, rebound, execute and get your yardage. That’s the most important thing.”

It’s understandable that Mazzulla doesn’t want to talk about the future, as the Celtics are coming off a disappointing loss on Thursday.

If the Mavs can win Game 5, the teams would return to Dallas for Game 6 on Thursday night (and the Mavs would have a lot of momentum).

June 6, 2024;  Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla talks during a fourth-quarter timeout against the Dallas Mavericks during game one of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden.  Mandatory credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

June 6, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla talks during a fourth-quarter timeout against the Dallas Mavericks during game one of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory credits: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, Mazzulla is poised to become the first coach to lead Boston to a title since Doc Rivers in 2008.

The Celtics have been to the Eastern Conference Finals six times in the past eight seasons but have failed to get the job done.

Mazzulla is in his second season at the helm.