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2018 Schedule
44-38, 3rd in Central

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Last 2 Minute report from Celtics-Bucks Game 5 confirmed a missed 24-second violation and the league also said Al Horford should have been called for travel before the shot.

Smart provides boost as Celtics take Bucks (1:04)
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2dNick Friedell

Giannis: 'On me' to be aggressive in Game 6

Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited to 10 shots from the field in Tuesday's Game 5 loss in Boston, and afterward, he said he has "got to be more aggressive, make more plays" in Game 6.

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2dChris Forsberg

NBA: Refs missed violation on Celtics

The NBA's last-two-minute report confirmed that referees missed a 24-second violation on the Celtics in Game 5 against the Bucks.

Giannis: 'We've been here before' (0:53)
Celtics take physical Game 5 (2:04)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Bledsoe on missed :24 second call. "I think it was bull****. Point blank."

2d

Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Smart returns in big way (0:59)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Aside from the blown :24 second call, it is unbelievable that a player of Giannis' caliber only took 10 shots tonight. The Celtics should be commended for their defensive intensity — especially on Antetokounmpo — but there is no way he can have another game where he takes just 10 shots in this series.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jabari Parker has risen to the occasion so far in Game 5 after two poor games in Boston earlier in the series. He has 15 points and has been active on the glass with seven rebounds. He has made several plays in the last few minutes when his team needed him to step up. A good sign for the Bucks moving forward in the series.

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.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Shabazz Muhammad has 11 points in four minutes. He has helped the Bucks claw back into the game. Muhammad is playing with purpose on the floor, looking to make things happen. Few would have guessed he would be this kind of difference maker at this point in the series.

Bledsoe, Rozier mix it up (1:03)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have 11 of the Bucks 15 points in the first quarter. The rest of the roster is a combined 2-for-12 from the field. Marcus Smart has provided the type of energy for the Celtics that the Bucks knew they had to match before the game. So far — they have not.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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2dNick Friedell

Bucks' Maker cites KG video for turnaround

Thon Maker is in the midst of a playoff renaissance, something he has attributed in part to an Instagram video by Kevin Garnett.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

John Henson (back soreness) did not travel to Boston. He is out for Game 5.

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."

Team Stats

Points Per Game106.515th
Rebounds Per Game39.830th
Assists Per Game23.214th
Points Allowed106.816th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-184438.537
2016-174240.512
2015-163349.402
2014-154141.500
2013-141567.183