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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Thought Bledsoe gave an interesting answer while discussing how happy he was that Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty picked up his first playoff win. "I'm very happy for him. He's in a tough position. He's trying to balance everybody's ego, so to speak. Because we've got a lot of talented guys on the team that want to play, that think they should be in. He's doing a great job of managing everyone's ego on the team."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Like many within the Bucks locker room, Eric Bledsoe was not surprised that Jabari Parker had a nice bounce back game after two lackluster performances against the Celtics. "Jabari's a special talent, man. All he's got to do is stick with it. Not get too high, not get too low. He played phenomenal tonight. We need him to play like that from here on out."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova was not surprised that Thon Maker played so well on the playoff stage. "Thon loves the big moments and he just finds a way to get it done. I'm happy for him because he's continued to work hard and be a great teammate and stay ready. He deserves what he gets."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, Jr., said Markieff Morris got the team going early on with his shoving match with OG Anunoby. "OG didn't know the scouting report. He didn't know that Kieff is one of the people you don't mess with in this world. He'll learn." Oubre helped too with 12 points off the bench and excellent defense. "It's my job to bring energy and get stops... I want everyone to feel my energy when I'm on the court."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Wizards forward Markieff Morris said of his first-quarter shoving match with Toronto forward OG Anunoby that resulted in a double technical: “It wasn't really a scuffle. I felt like he really went high with his elbow. That's what really got me started. We needed some physicality. I felt like when we played them in Toronto they did everything too freely. So this is me trying to set the tone for how we need to play the whole series, especially on Sunday.”

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucks did what they had to do tonight. Played with passion and emotion, feeding off a charged up crowd. The key for them will be following that up on Sunday with the same intensity in a noon game. Can Thon Maker, Jabari Parker and Eric Bledsoe play with the same consistency — we'll see.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance Stephenson on the job Bojan Bogdanovic did on offense (30 points) and defending LeBron: "He did an excellent job. I'll give him an 100 on the test. He did a good job on LeBron and hit open shots. Attacked. We seen he could do that throughout the the season. But for him to do that in the playoffs is amazing. Bogey manned up."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Brooks on what might have been the difference with Marcin Gortat (16 points) after the first two games: "[He got an] age-appropriate haircut [and got rid of the mohawk]."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Just a dominant first half performance from the Bucks — they lead 58-35. As usual, it's Giannis and Middleton leading the way but Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker have played better early and are enjoying being back at home. The pair has a combined 16 points and are both +10 on the night. The Bucks defense has held the Celtics to shooting just 12-for-39 from the field.