Celtics tame Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association win

Celtics tame Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association win

Celtics tame Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association win

The home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.

With John Henson out for Game 5 against the Celtics on Tuesday night, Maker will need to channel his inner-KG in order to propel Milwaukee to a series lead.

But on this night, at the biggest moments, Antetokounmpo disappeared, dogged by indecision and an inclination to pass rather than shoot.

The Celtics' energy continued to propel them in the second - the lead ballooned as high as 16 on wide-open threes by Tatum and Brown before the Bucks closed it back to 48-37 at the break.

"We all have to take responsibility in that - finding different spots to put him in", Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty said. "It's on me. I had open shots, but they weren't my shots so I didn't feel comfortable taking them". I do expect a bounce back game from Klay Thompson and I think Iggy will help them a lot control the tempo of this game in Oakland.

Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his first game since undergoing right thumb surgery.

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Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston.

With the undermanned Celtics desperate for an offensive leader, Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.8 points through the first four games of the first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Some credit belongs with the Boston defense. "He makes plays", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. Ojeleye played 31 minutes, much of which was spent guarding Antetokounmpo.

"Giannis is a heckuva player", Stevens said. "You're not going to be ideal against him". Giannis Antetokounmpo could not get going, with Smart disrupting him at the rim. He also barely played during the first two games of the playoffs.

It's very rare that playmaking comes to mind when thinking of Smart, but it's one of the strongest features of his game. "We just felt like we needed a little bit more ball pressure overall, and so that was the decision to go smaller". He harassed, annoyed and frustrated his Celtic opponents all night as his Bucks blew out Boston to surge back into the series. He was not totally shut out of the offense, finishing with eight assists. The Celtics then caught a break when Ojeleye was able to tap-rebound a Horford miss, even though the Celtics center appeared to release his shot after the shot clock expired.

"He posted it on his Instagram, and somebody showed it to me", Maker said after Tuesday's shootaround. Making just one shot in that time frame could have changed the course of the game. Seated at his locker, aggressiveness was on his mind. "(It looks like) he played his normal game". "I didn't think he got the ball off, so I said, 'that's a shot clock violation.' That was my discussion". "So last year was kind of eye-opening to me, and this year I was a lot more prepared for it". He makes plays for other people.

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