Despite big rally, Celtics fit to be tied

Matthew Dellavedova and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated Shane Larkin and the Boston Celtics on Friday April 20

He briefly played in Game 2 of this series, but the injury quickly forced him back to the bench. Despite that, Baynes' play since that night has been sensational.

His scoring numbers (10.6 points) were modest and the shooting clips repulsive (36.7 percent overall, 30.1 percent from three), but Smart can handle the ball and is a solid facilitator (4.8 assists). That makes him a weapon on big plays like this at the end of games even if he never touches the ball before the initial shot goes up.

Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points for Indiana.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Smart originally was scheduled to meet with his surgeon today in NY but that meeting took place yesterday and he was ultimately cleared to play. It was their first victory in a series after falling behind 3-0 during the Popovich era in San Antonio. Bucks players such as Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have eaten at the location in the past.

As the series returns to Boston, the Celtics are hoping Terry Rozier can find his stroke again.

Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping in the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left.

The Celtics have navigated the latter part of the regular season and the first four games of the playoffs without Smart or All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. He also is looking forward to returning home to the friendly confines of TD Garden. When the effort isn't there, games get ugly fast.

"I can't worry about field goal percentage or other stuff".

"We all know the series doesn't start until someone wins on the road, it's still even". He's the first player to have five blocks in consecutive playoff games since DeAndre Jordan in 2014, per Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders. "He actually flew yesterday, got reevaluated yesterday, still has to go through some things later this morning after our shootaround, and then we'll see how he feels after that". Thus, Boston would be thrilled to get one more key guy back in the lineup.

"When we step on the floor, we need to be assertive with what we do", Bucks coach Joe Prunty said.

Smart has been getting up shots before each playoff game and does his typical strength and conditioning work.

Game 5 is on Wednesday in Cleveland. Defensively, the Bucks are yielding 106.8 points against the opposing teams.

The series is essentially now a best-of-three and the Celtics have to feel good about having homecourt in two of those three games. That seemed like it might put the game out of reach for the Celtics, but as you might expect from a Brad Stevens team, the Celtics didn't give up, and ended up taking a 100-99 lead.



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