A big reason for Toronto's problems has been the absence of backup point guard Fred VanVleet, who has an injured right shoulder and played just three minutes so far, sitting out three of the four games entirely. The Celtics have seen the best and worst the Bucks have to offer and have proven they can make adjustments on the fly if needed. With the Celtics pinching Game 1 in an epic overtime finish, the question was a valid one as to whether Baynes would have a major role moving forward against the athletic Bucks. The return of Smart (which Rozier believes will happen in Game 5) will help on the defensive end, but he needs to get back to making life miserable for Bledsoe, who shot just 9-for-25 in those two first games.
Smart traveled with the team to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 of the series, which is now tied at 2.
On the season, the Bucks are averaging 106.5 points, 39.8 rebounds and 23.2 assists per game. Brown, along with Jayson Tatum have stepped up in Irving's absence. The series is tied at two games apiece and it shifts back to Cleveland for Game 5. Antetokounmpo paced Milwaukee with 27 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists as the series is now 2-2 moving back to Boston. He did not score in 17 minutes of action in Game 4.
But, one play in particular from the Greek Freak was the highlight of the game. They need to establish their versatility and prevent the Bucks from dictating the terms of this series.
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At one stage in midweek the scores were such that Juventus could have won the title if they had beaten Napoli this evening. The injury could also see the defender potentially miss out on the club's Coppa Italia final against AC Milan on May 9.
These two stars were ably assisted off the bench again by Jabari Parker, who added 16. If he makes it through this morning's shootaround with no setbacks, he will play in Game 5. Milwaukee knows that they can win at home, but now must prove that they can win in Boston. I think those trends continue in this one as the Celtics win by single digits. They know that they could be leading this series 3-1, but they still have home court advantage in their favor.
Just as it did for the Bucks over the weekend, the Celtics expect to get a lift playing in front of their fans.
Milwaukee hustled for loose balls and stayed active around the paint, using its length to get deflections and disrupt Boston in the lane.
The Bucks have sliced and diced up Boston's vaunted defense in the first four games of the series as they have shot a blistering 54.2 percent from the field, including 43.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Celtics would welcome back Smart's defensive versatility with open arms if he were to play on Tuesday night. Get your 100% signup bonus today.