Celtics' Marcus Smart Hoping To Return For Game 6

That dominance has translated to the scoreboard, as they have scored an absurd 77 second-chance points to the Bucks' 24. Enter Marcus Smart, who is now questionable ahead of a pivotal Game 5. Korver hit four 3-pointers and had 18 points for Cleveland, which has earned its two victories by a total of seven points. Play got chippy and the Celtics limited the Bucks' transition game.

The Milwaukee Bucks defended their homecourt and tied the series as they go back to Boston for Game 5. Bledsoe took full advantage of Rozier's struggles in Milwaukee, going 11-for-22 for 26 points in the Bucks' two wins. He would build off his strong effort in game 1 by scoring 30 points on 55% shooting in Game 2 to lead the Celtics to taking a 2-0 lead in the series in convincing fashion.

Despite a valiant second-half comeback, the Celtics came up just short in Game 4. In fact, with the game-winning tip-in on Sunday, he is ideal on go-ahead shots in the final 20 seconds of regulation this season. Milwaukee shot 52.1 percent from the floor in the contest, including 10 of 23 from beyond the arc, but lost the rebounding battle 43-36. Middleton added 23 points (8/14 FG) for the Bucks, while Jabari Parker chipped in with 16 off the bench.

The Spurs remained without coach Gregg Popovich, who missed his second game following the death of his wife, which has left the team heartbroken as well. Their frontcourt reserves of Monroe and Marcus Morris were dominant in the series' second game last week, when it looked as if Boston might pull off a sweep. I've been making those plays all year long. Their deficit reached as many as 19 in the third quarter before Boston rallied.

Antetokounmpo tipped in the game victor off of a missed layup by teammate Michael Brogdon with five seconds remaining to give the Bucks a 104-102 lead. And now that their series with the Bucks is all square at two apiece, they could use more help.


Jaylen Brown finished with 34 points and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics, who host Game 5 on Tuesday. Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds during the regular season. Each of the four games in this series has reflected the multiple-personality disorder that has plagued the Bucks at times this season.

That's something college basketball does get better; bands are generally better than arena songs anyway, and they can't play during live action. Boston played well in the first two games at home and almost stole Game 4 after being down 19 on the road.

The Boston Celtics are on upset alert.

- Stevens noted once again that the Celtics' offense was perhaps the biggest issue in Milwaukee.

  • Tracy Klein