April 22, 2018

Celtics to face Bucks in first round of playoffs

16 April 2018, 04:44 | Sandy Nunez

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Four of the five were closing in on the 40-minute mark, having all played most of the fourth quarter, before the stunning last-second exchange of 3-pointers that forced them to go five extra minutes. During that stretch, six different Celtics registered points. In contrast, Middleton has had his worst shooting season since his rookie year, with his 35.9% from deep nearly 8% less than last year.

Getting Smart back on the floor might not give the Celtics much of the scoring punch they're losing without Hayward and Irving, but he's one of the league's best individual defenders.

Whether they will need it to beat the Bucks is another story. He has also casually added 10.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.8 steals in these matchups.

Irving had been hindered with knee soreness this season and underwent surgery to remove a support wire in his knee, which later turned into an infection and led to a second surgery to remove two screws from the same knee and is expected to be out four to five months.

The regular season series between these two teams is tied at two games each. "We feel like if we get a shot up, we'll be good".

The Milwaukee Bucks shot 48.2 percent from the field while the Celtics shot 41.5 percent, and they still lost.

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The Bucks closed to 89-87 before Marcus Morris made a falling down jumper just inside the arc to make it 91-87.

Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk. "But as of right now, Game 7 [or the] second round is the [goal]".

Since they had a timeout left, the Bucks were able to advance the ball beyond half court on the ensuing possession.

"Both teams are going to keep fighting", Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. Malcolm Brogdon drove to put the Bucks back up by one with 3:00 to play before Horford put the Celtics back up at the line with 2:11 left. Outscored the Celtics 58-44 in the paint.

That's the question Boston Celtics fans will be asking when the Milwaukee Bucks' transcendent "Greek Freak" enters the TD Garden Sunday afternoon for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Boston Celtics have seen a once-promising season turn towards disaster as top offseason acquisitions, Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, have missed extended time and will both miss the entirety of the NBA Playoffs. That lone start belonged to Baynes.

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