Boston Celtics: Three Takeaways From Game 5 Vs

Brown scored 20 points in Game 1, became the youngest player in franchise history to score 30 - surpassing Larry Bird - in Game 2, then bounced back from a pedestrian 11 points in Game 3 with a dominant performance in Game 4 in putting his team on his back as it rallied from down 20 in the second half to take a late lead before succumbing to a 104-102 loss.

Middleton drilled a 3-pointer for a four-point game before the Bucks sent Horford to the line and he made one of two for an 87-82 gap with 24.4 ticks to play. With Smart out, Terry Rozier has been starting with Kyrie Irving ruled out for the playoffs following his second knee surgery. It was unquestionably a defensive-minded switch, and Ojeleye delivered with 31 strong minutes (5 points on just three shots to go with 7 rebounds). He said that he thought his team got the ball to him but that it just wasn't his night.

Boston has yet to prove that they can win a road playoff game, but that won't last long. Celtics guard Marcus Smart played for this first time this postseason, tallying nine points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. While he was playing, Smart did Smart things. A 28-footer by Brown with 1:29 remaining sliced the Milwaukee lead to only one, and then on the very next Celtics possession Tatum's 17-foot isolation jumper over Khris Middleton at the top of the key with 52.4 seconds left punched the Celtics through the wall. Smart's return seemed to spark the entire Celtics team and they played with a different energy in game 5.

Prunty and Bledsoe struggle again: One of the biggest problems for the Bucks in this series has been the negative impact of Eric Bledsoe and head coach Joe Prunty.

No, it was Game 5's result felt inevitable as it unfolded.


Antetokounmpo scored 16 points and took only 10 shots. They had finally figured out the undermanned Celtics.

Meanwhile, Baynes played 10 minutes off the bench and finished with four points and two rebounds.

Maker, after stunning games in the past two wins in Milwaukee, had just two points, no blocks and fouled out in the final seconds. More importantly, he ignited the sold-out crowd and his teammates on the defensive end and was his usual feisty self in crunch time. Kevin Durant has continued to play well and will have to moving forward especially with the well rested Pelicans waiting for them in the second round.

In a meeting with a pool reporter, referee Ken Mauer said the potential shot clock violation was not reviewable.

The Celtics were up as many as 16 early in the third after Rozier hit a 3-pointer following his shoving contest with Bledsoe. The Boston Celtics are +5.0 against the Milwaukee Bucks in game 5.


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