Celtics hold on, take 3-2 series lead

  • Celtics hold on, take 3-2 series lead

Celtics hold on, take 3-2 series lead

In the end, the extra possession didn't result in a basket for the Celtics, as Marcus Morris missed a jumper, but it did allow them to roll an extra 20 seconds or so off the clock, which at that juncture in the game was nearly as important as two points.

Smart brings his unique energy: Once it was announced on Tuesday afternoon that Marcus Smart would be making his return, it was clear he would bring the Celtics a shot in the arm.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens turned to big man Semi Ojeleye to cover Antetokounmpo during Game 5, but continued to roll out player-after-player to keep the pressure on the "Greek Freak". Smart is an extremely aggressive and hard-nosed player and is able to help change the way a game is played with his abilities.

Game 6 of the Celtics-Bucks series is the lone matchup on the Thursday night National Basketball Association schedule. What I'm concerned about [is] how much they're pushing.

Boston had possession of the ball leading 84-79 with about 90 seconds to play.

Associated Press reporter Kyle Hightower was a pool reporter and asked the lead official Ken Mauer why Horford's shot was not reviewed. However, the Sixers would have home advantage against the seventh-seeded Bucks, so Games 1 and 2 would be at Wells Fargo Center.

The Celtics weren't pleased that, at the end of Game 4, Khris Middleton wasn't whistled for striking Jaylen Brown on a sequence that prevented Boston from having a chance to extend its lead in the final minute.

Dellavedova finished Game 3 playing 16 mintutes, contributing five points and four assists, though as is so often the case with Delly, the box score stats only tell a fraction of the story.

Smart had just nine points, five rebounds and four assists.

"It's on me. I had open shots, but they wasn't my shots", Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo has vowed that he will come out more aggressive in a pivotal Game 6 on Thursday. "I don't want it to turn into, 'Hey, we have to do this for Giannis'". 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).

"It's win or go home, so I mean you can't leave nothing on the line". J.J. Redick sank the free throw off the technical, and Simmons kicked the ball out to Robert Covington on the possession for a 3-pointer and a 54-48 lead.

The move was a bold one considering that the Celtics had some success in Milwaukee pounding the ball inside and controlling the glass with the bigger Aron Baynes and Greg Monroe. Instead Snell, Dellavadova, Maker and Brogdon combined to shoot 2-for-17 from the floor, including 0-for-12 from 3-point territory. Rozier bumped Bledsoe near the baseline.

"We're looking forward to Game (6)", Bledsoe said.