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Boston Celtics: Should Marcus Smart be starting?

26 April 2018

The Boston Celtics clearly earned their 92-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, which gave them a 3-2 lead in the first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

Stevens wasn't sure about a minutes restriction for Smart but noted that he was unlikely to play big minutes in his first game back.

This series has featured physical and aggressive play throughout, with a little bit of chippiness mixed in. The Bucks need Giannis to be more aggressive in game 6, and he must attack from the beginning. Making just one shot in that time frame could have changed the course of the game. The Bucks shot just 36.8% from the field and an even worse 27.3% from three point range.

The Spurs seemed to come out with more drive and actual resilience in the wake of the death of Greg Popvitch's wife in Game 4.

Now they have a chance to end the series on Milwaukee's court on Thursday.

As well as the Bucks come out shooting in Game 5, a key might be how well they limit the Celtics. Though these are impressive end-game stats, it's not enough for a star player like the Greek Freak.

Smart won't do much to replace the offense lost due to the absence of Irving and Hayward, but he will bring them closer to being an elite defensive team capable of pushing a team in Round 2.

For a team that really needed some type of boost, Smart was a godsend, and it was fitting that the Celtics really sealed the game late when Smart fell to the ground trying to avoid the Bucks trap before coming out of a scramble for the ball with a pass to Horford for a wide open layup.

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The Celtics guard made several hustle plays, including an improbable assist from the ground to Al Horford in the fourth quarter that helped seal Boston's 92-87 victory over Milwaukee. In Sunday's Game 4, he took 12 shots in the paint.

Stevens went onto tell the midday guys that Smart has been with the team throughout the Celtics run and he's certainly in the know.

"The rule states that under 2 minutes we are not allowed to review a potential 24-second violation unless the ball goes in the basket", Mauer said, according to a pool report distributed by the league.

The Celtics called an isolation play for Marcus Morris after the final timeout but the shot didn't go.

In an interesting pregame motion, coach Brad Stevens inserted Semi Ojeleye into the starting lineup in place of Aaron Baynes.

Game after game the stage gets bigger for the young guns from Boston Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

After being pounded in back-to-back losses to the Bucks in Milwaukee, Horford and Smart were the duo of the night in Boston.

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Boston Celtics: Should Marcus Smart be starting?