Smart (thumb) has been physically cleared to take the floor for Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Bucks, with the official word on his status coming after he tests things during morning shootaround, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Maker is nearly an out-of-nowhere story for the Bucks, who’ve pulled even with the Boston Celtics four games into their Eastern Conference first-round series in large part because of a defensive resurgence by the bench.
However, the Bucks got a key 3-pointer from Malcolm Brogdon and a game-winning tip-in by Giannis Antetokounmpo to eke out a 104-102 victory.
But the Bucks, after a lineup change caused by the back injury to John Henson, guaranteed there will be another game at Bradley Center before the move to their new building next season. The Bucks almost squandered a 20-point Game 2 lead, but Giannis Antetokounmpo’s timely tip-in in the final seconds sealed the win. “If he has any pain or anything comes up, then we’ll keep him out”. When series are tied at two games apiece, the team that wins Game 5 wins the series more than 80 percent of the time.
“I just let the game come to me”, DeRozan said afterwards. “He just sees the game so clear, so it’s always nice to have him around”. Should Milwaukee win on the road, they return home with a chance to win the series.
Marcus Smart might be back sooner than we think. He did not score in 17 minutes of action in Game 4.
“We’re ready to play Game 5”, coach Brad Stevens. He’s just so good, and he makes everything tough, especially when he gets in [the paint] so my job is to make every attempt he gets a little bit tougher. “Kept us in it”. Jayson Tatum added 21 points while Al Horford and Morris each had 13. On that play, the National Basketball Association announced Antetokounmpo should have been called for an offensive foul, preventing Semi Ojeleye from playing legal defense with his off arm. “That’s encouraging to see”.
“He’s a competitor”, Middleton told NBC Sports Boston.
With that being said, the C’s know that it could take some time for Smart to shake off the rust, having been absent from the court for an extended period. “It just didn’t go in tonight”. Simply put, when the Bucks are committed to playing defense, they are hard to stop. This is why the playoffs are so challenging. “I thought that group started the turnovers. We’re trying to push through it like he would do if he weren’t at home”. With five extra minutes of basketball, Rozier scored another five points to lead the Celtics to a victory. He is averaging 27.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists through four games.