After two frustrating performances in Milwaukee, the Boston Celtics returned home for Game 5 looking to get back on the right track.
That's in part why the Bucks were livid about what they believe was a late-game non-call that factored heavily in their 92-87 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with Boston up 3-2 with a chance to close out the series in Milwaukee on Thursday.
The missed call certainly wasn't the only reason the Bucks lost this game.
This series has featured physical and aggressive play throughout, with a little bit of chippiness mixed in.
The teams then traded turnovers and it was four-point game with 2:40 on the clock. The Boston Celtics are +5.0 against the Milwaukee Bucks in game 5. Giannis Antetokounmpo was criticized after Game 5 of Milwaukee's Eastern Conference series against Boston for not doing more, particularly on the offensive end. Antetokounmpo had just 10 field goal attempts. The Bucks need Giannis to be more aggressive in game 6, and he must attack from the beginning.
The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo was not at his usual dynamic best with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The next time down, with 34.5 seconds left, Horford was intentionally fouled by Antetokounmpo, and slammed the ball to the floor after what he considered extra curricular physicality by the Bucks forward. Though these are impressive end-game stats, it's not enough for a star player like the Greek Freak.
A report from ESPN's Chris Forsberg confirms that Stevens is planning to play Smart, as long as there are no last minute setbacks. "We have other guys making them when he hasn't been here, but he makes them every night".
He out-wrestled two Bucks, rolled to his side, and hit Al Horford for what proved to be the game-clinching dunk.
Smart's energy and emotion were overflowing even before he checked into the game, as he eagerly bounced up and down on the sidelines for eight minutes before his number was finally called in the first quarter.
Milwaukee is a tough team at home, but the Celtics nearly knocked them off in game 4. It's been 17 years since the Bucks advanced to the second round, and the Celtics are on the cusp of adding another year to Milwaukee's wait. You've got to find a way to win, you've got to find a way to impact the game. That isn't a situation ripe for a comeback, especially the way the Celtics played defense on Tuesday.
Philadelphia, whose maligned rebuild has morphed into the one of the trendiest terms in sports, will play the victor of Boston-Milwaukee series. Especially if the Celtics make it past the Bucks and onto the Philadelphia 76ers. Get your 100% signup bonus today.