Marcus Smart returned to the Boston Celtics after suffering a thumb injury earlier in the year, and boy was it just in time. The Celtics guard came off the bench, doing what he does best: attacking opposing guards, grabbing rebounds, and making hustle plays for his squad. Smart thoroughly annoyed the Milwaukee Bucks, and as Giannis Antetokounmpo failed to make a push in the second half (and as Khris Middleton‘s shooting slowly deteriorated) it was Boston who came out with a win in Game 5, 92-87.
This best-of-seven series between Boston and Milwaukee has been reduced to a best-of-three affair with the two teams locked into a 2-2 series tie. According to nba.com/stats, Horford is averaging 5.3 points on post-ups which is third in the playoffs behind San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge (10.5) and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (6.5).
The Houston Rockets have scored 50 points in the third quarter at Minnesota to take control of Game 4 of their first-round series with the Timberwolves, the same total they produced for the entire first half. That was the second-highest scoring quarter by any team in the history of the NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers scored 51 points in the fourth quarter on March 31, 1962, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. The all-time record for any game was set by the Buffalo Braves with 58 points in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Boston Celtics on Oct. 20, 1972. James Harden had 22 points in the third to lead the runaway by the Rockets, who turned a one-point lead into a 31-point advantage over
Joel Embiid expects his first playoff game in Philadelphia to be quite a scene. ''It's going to be lit,'' Embiid said. The 76ers can become the first team into the Eastern Conference semifinals when they host the Miami Heat on Tuesday in Game 5 of the only East series that isn't tied.
The Boston Celtics upgraded guard Marcus Smart to questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 of a first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart said Sunday that he was scheduled to have his surgically repaired thumb re-evaluated on Tuesday in New York with the hope that he would be cleared for contact. By upgrading Smart to questionable, the Celtics appear to be leaving open the possibility that Smart could play Tuesday if he's cleared. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Saturday that once Smart was cleared for contact, he also would be cleared for game action. Smart traveled with the team to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 of the series, which is now tied at 2. Smart has engaged in all of Boston's
BOSTON — We are at that point in this Boston-Milwaukee playoff series where X's and O's have little value. There's very little either team can do at this point that would come as a complete shock to the other, and make sense at the same time. "It's nothing
BOSTON – Once considered a long shot to return by Game 7 of Boston's first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, Marcus Smart may be on the floor as soon as Tuesday night's Game 5 matchup. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said there was no update on Smart following the team's practice on Monday, but the team has since upgraded Smart's status to "questionable" for Game 5 – the first time he has been listed as anything other than "out" since he had his right thumb surgically repaired last month. "I feel ready, I feel strong enough to get back out there," Smart said at the time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn't score a table at a Mexican restaurant. Antetokounmpo says the social media-fueled mess over the missed meal isn't a big deal. The food flare-up started after a Bucks fan posted a picture on Twitter of the All-Star forward waiting at BelAir Cantina on Sunday. Earlier that afternoon, Antetokounmpo's putback with 5 seconds left helped the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 to tie their first-round playoff series. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston. The fan's post went viral. He says Antetokounmpo stayed 10 minutes before leaving. The restaurant later posted a message on social media apologizing for not seating Antetokounmpo
BOSTON — The NBA's two-minute report on Boston's Game 4 loss at Milwaukee revealed a trio of incorrect non-calls in the closing moments of play, two of which went against the Celtics in their 104-102 loss. With Boston ahead 100-99 with less than a minute
In the four games thus far, the Bucks have shot 54.2 percent from the field, tops among all playoff teams. And Boston's defense, which had a league-best defensive rating in the regular season of 101.5, is next-to-last in the playoffs with a defensive rating of 113.9.