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Smart lobs it up to Horford for the jam (0:19)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics have gone small in Game 5, plucking Greg Monroe from the rotation and playing Aron Baynes limited minutes. Al Horford has responded with 15 points and 13 rebounds through three quarters.

Bledsoe, Rozier mix it up (1:03)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Bledsoe and Terry Rozier getting feisty early in the third quarter. Bledsoe hit with a flagrant foul for a shot to Rozier's chest; Rozier gets a tech for responding with a shove.

Brown kicks out to Tatum for the triple (0:18)
Smart gets up and blocks Greek Freak's alley-oop attempt (0:16)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart's first stint late in the first quarter: Loud ovation upon entering, dives on the floor for a steal just 40 seconds in, denies Giannis Antetokounmpo alley-oop attempt at the rim. Smart not exactly easing himself back in here.

Tatum feeds Horford for the jam (0:16)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart receives a standing ovation as he checks in for the first time injuring his thumb on March 11. He immediately dives on the court trying to corral a loose ball -- the same way he originally injured himself.

Patriots have one less draft need with Gronk returning (0:46)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics are tweaking their starting lineup and going small with rookie Semi Ojeleye inserted for big man Aron Baynes. Ojeleye shined in second half of Game 4 and coach Brad Stevens has previously noted that, "If we make a change to the starting lineup at some point it will probably be more of a matchup change." This is Ojeleye's first career start.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots officially announced the signing of free-agent OT Ulrick John. The 25-year-old John, who entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the Colts in 2014, has played in 10 career games (3 starts). He adds depth at a time when rosters are at 90 players. The Patriots' OT depth chart includes Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle, Cole Croston, António Garcia, Andrew Jelks and John.

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Celts' Smart comes off bench in Game 5 return

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who had been sidelined since March 11 when he tore the UCL in his right thumb, came off the bench in his return to action Tuesday in Game 5 against the Bucks.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says, barring an unexpected setback pregame, Marcus Smart will play in Game 5 vs the Bucks. He felt fine after shootaround.

0:55

Emily Kaplan ESPN 

A preview of Wednesday night's Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Caps close it out

The good news? The Capitals are on to the next round. The bad news? They'll play the Penguins. Plus, the Leafs and Bruins are headed for a Game 7!

0:21

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier on Jaylen Brown: "He's not scared of the big moment. He doesn't seem fazed by it. He's out there just being himself. Never too high, never too low. He plays like he doesn't have anything to lose. It's good for him."

0:31

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier asked if he thinks Marcus Smart is going to play in Game 5. "I think he's playing. You ain't hear it from me though."

1:45

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart has been cleared to return to game action but the Celtics will wait to see how he responds to contact this morning before deciding his status for Game 5. If he feels good, he'll play.