Celtics guard Marcus Smart is active for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Milwaukee. In the end, the extra possession didn't result in a basket for the Celtics, as Marcus Morris missed a jumper, but it did allow them to roll an extra 20 seconds or so off the clock, which at that juncture in the game was nearly as important as two points. He's shooting the ball, he's doing everything in a workout that you can do.
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Al Horford had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds with Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier chipping in with 14 and 16 points, respectively. He was given 25 minutes, so his workload wasn't very limited.
Prior to his injury, Smart was averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, the referees were not allowed to review the play. The Bucks shot just 36.8 percent from the field.More news: Trump sees "very good chance" of US-China trade deal
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Milwaukee has shown tremendous grit throughout the first four games, so why would game five be any different?
This wasn't a case of needing to go frame by frame to see if Horford got the shot off in time. The Celtics punched it out, and Semi Ojeleye controlled the rebound, giving the Celtics a second chance at the possession.
Boston's played with a lead for all of the second quarter, peaking at 16 points before settling on a 48-37 halftime lead which ended with a pair of Smart free throws.
It was Shabazz Muhammad who scored 11 points in the third, including a 3-pointer that trimmed Boston's lead to 61-57. They'll have to regroup and come ready to play in Game 6 on Thursday.