Ah, right, that's what the full Marcus Smart experience is like. Coach Brad Stevens had Semi Ojeleye guard him most of the night.
A report from ESPN's Chris Forsberg confirms that Stevens is planning to play Smart, as long as there are no last minute setbacks.
For a Celtics team caught shorthanded, heading into the postseason, things seem to be looking up. "They weren't taking it from me".
Boston had possession of the ball leading 84-79 with about 90 seconds to play. Horford's play took some of the pressure off of young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Maker, after stunning games in the past two wins in Milwaukee, had just two points, no blocks and fouled out in the final seconds. If the Bucks win tomorrow's Game 6 matchup in Milwaukee, they will force a Game 7 against the Celtics on Saturday.
Draymond Green had 16 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists for Golden State.
The innate knowledge of the Bucks system that Prunty referenced is always on display when the gritty point guard links up with Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The call: One of the major talking points of the next few days will surely be the shot clock violation that was not called on Al Horford with just over a minute left. He scored some points (9), grabbed some rebounds (5), and dished out some assists (4), but anyone who has watched Smart play basketball knows his impact lives beyond the stats from the box score.More news: Does Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)'s Growth Make it a Buy?
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The Celtics out together their best half of the series, thanks largely to their ability to limit the Bucks to 37 points on 34.9 percent shooting.
Bucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. The energy he brings and the plays he makes with pure hustle are massive for this team, but it is so much more.
Stevens not only went with Ojeleye to start the game, he went with him late. It was unquestionably a defensive-minded switch, and Ojeleye delivered with 31 strong minutes (5 points on just three shots to go with 7 rebounds). "I don't want it to turn into, 'Hey, we have to do this for Giannis'".
The Celtics outscored Milwaukee 11-4 over the last 3:26 of the third quarter for a 72-61 lead.
If Antetokounmpko doesn't come up bigger Thursday, it'll be Boston going to the second round.
He finally wrestled it away from the NBA's biggest pest, Dellavedova, threw it to Terry Rozier behind him, but the eventual 3-pointer was missed. Rozier bumped Bledsoe near the baseline.
Bledsoe was assessed a flagrant foul and Rozier was issued a technical foul.
It was a hard-fought game, with both teams knowing what was on the line.