Marcus Smart is Questionable for Game 5

Hope Soto
April 26, 2018

Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping in the go-ahead basket with five seconds left, as the Bucks beat the Celtics 104-102 at home to level their series at 2-2.

Malcolm Brogdon hit a clutch three with 33.5 seconds remaining, and Al Horford tied the game at 102 with a pair of free throws on Boston's subsequent possession. But if Antetokounmpo and Middleton continue scorching the nets like they have, the Bucks will have a chance to steal one on the road. They are as old as Vince Carter combined, and Tatum played his 100th playoff minute in Game 3. Boston point guard Marcus Smart has been out since suffering a thumb injury on March 11 in a game he canned six 3-pointers en route to 20 points to go with eight assists and seven rebounds in a 99-97 home loss against Indiana.

But, one play in particular from the Greek Freak was the highlight of the game. Larkin is averaging 18.0 minutes per game in the series but is barely contributing to the team, putting up just 4.5 points and handing out 2.3 assists over the last four contests.

The top seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference finds itself tied at two games apiece in the first round of the playoffs. The C's now rank last in defensive rating among the remaining teams in the postseason and have also allowed the highest opponent field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. 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. Brogdon then missed a jumper but Antetokounmpo followed with a tip-in and the Bucks denied the Celtics in the final seconds. Now, he just released a play for Game 5. Down four with under two minutes to play in the game, Brown shot a step-back three that showed us his willingness to take big shots.

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"Our defence was more aggressive than the previous games". A tweet that quickly went viral suggested he couldn't get a table at BelAir Cantina in Milwaukee. A return to the confines of the Garden with their raucous home fans should help the young Celtics get off to a quicker start and prevent falling into a huge hole so early in the game.

And while there's no telling if Smart in the lineup will make that big a difference to the team's defense against the Bucks, there's no denying Smart playing tonight will provide a much-needed boost for Boston.

They couldn't send the game into overtime. If the Celtic want to hold off the reaper for another few weeks, they're going to need Rozier to get back to his truly terrifying self.

The Bucks know that they have the best player in this series, but they also know that he needs a little help.

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