Celtics upgrade Marcus Smart to questionable for Game 5 vs

Celtics upgrade Marcus Smart to questionable for Game 5 vs

Javier Howell
April 26, 2018

The Bucks defeated the Celtics, 104-102 tonight in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round to tie the series 2-2.

This season Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Celtics, though much of his impact comes from physical, game-changing plays and can not be measured in a box score.

And while it's irresponsible to give Maker all the credit - Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combining for 50 points, including a game-winning tip-in for the Greek Freak - there does seem to be a relationship between Maker's minutes and success for Milwaukee in this series.

BelAir Cantina, a popular Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee, issued an apology Sunday night it couldn't seat Antetokounmpo and Riddlesprigger after the Bucks' 104-102 Game 4 win over the Celtics earlier that day. But if Rozier can return to completely outplaying Bledsoe like he did in the first two home games, the Celtics should be in good shape. They are as old as Vince Carter combined, and Tatum played his 100th playoff minute in Game 3. Brown is scoring 23.8 points per game on over 51 percent shooting in this series, and Boston has outscored Milwaukee by 34 points with him on the floor.

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Game 5 is tomorrow in Toronto.

The triumph pulled the Bucks level with the Celtics at 2-2 in their best-of-seven first round series, which continues Tuesday in Boston.

Antetokounmpo finished with a typically busy statline of 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists. The Bucks' two best players were clutch in the closing seconds of a tense victory, another sign of maturity for the one of the league's up-and-coming teams. The Celtics had one more chance to tie the game following Antetokounmpo's tip-in, but Marcus Morris missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired. "You've got to find a way to win, you've got to find a way to impact the game".

Game 5 is on Wednesday in Cleveland. That completely changed in the second half, as Horford scored nine points and dished out three assists, finishing at plus-11 in the last two quarters. Parker and Maker have stepped up in recent games, but it remains to be seen if they can sustain those type of numbers, particularly on the road. The Celtics can not expect home court to magically make this team function well again, and that is the easiest way for them to drop a third straight game. He's a guy that can make plays with the ball in his hands and knock down some big shots. "I think that when you've got a player of his caliber, he's really excited to play". "If he has any lingering effects at all after going 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 (after shootaround), then we won't play him". It means they'll play at least one more game at the Bradley Center on Thursday, April 26 - Game 6.