Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Milwaukee Bucks Game Five of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. However, the Sixers would have home advantage against the seventh-seeded Bucks, so Games 1 and 2 would be at Wells Fargo Center.
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. Celtics guard Marcus Smart played for this first time this postseason, tallying nine points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. He was fourth on the Bucks with just 10 shot attempts in 41 minutes-his lowest shot total in a game he played 20-plus minutes since a January 8 loss to the Indiana Pacers. He said that he thought his team got the ball to him but that it just wasn't his night. They know they are able to do a lot of damage with their three point shooting, but this team is only going as far as their defense takes them. Instead, Milwaukee stood around with their arms in the air and Terry Rozier was able to track down the long rebound to give Boston an extra possession. The home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.
An 11-point lead to start the fourth was down to four when Smart drove for two out of the pause, the Bucks got two back from the line, and the Celtics responded with a Horford corner 3-pointer and Morris drive for a 79-70 led into a timeout with 5:46 on the clock. "If he feels good, then he's been cleared physically to go".
"The Bucks had us against the wall", Horford said. Rozier made it a seven-point gap with a nifty runner off the glass with 3:43 to play, but Bledsoe drilled a second-chance 3-pointer with 3:21 to go. The Celtics obliged, but not as considerable as one would assume as they led 23-15 after one. The Celtics put Semi Ojeleye on Antetokounmpko, and it worked as well as Boston could have hoped.
"It's on me. I had open shots, but they wasn't my shots", Antetokounmpo said.
Bucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series low 16 points, thanks to a new defensive scheme by the Celtics. Outscored the Bucks 32-28 in the paint.
"You're not going to be flawless against him", Stevens said. That's pretty much how you play this whole playoffs - you leave it all out there. "I don't want it to turn into, 'Hey, we have to do this for Giannis'".