Bucks irked with non-call on Celtics' violation

Bucks irked with non-call on Celtics' violation

Bucks irked with non-call on Celtics' violation

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.

This series has featured physical and aggressive play throughout, with a little bit of chippiness mixed in.

The Celtics protected homecourt for the third time in their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night. While the Bucks should be mad, it was a two-possession game and they lost a possession late, so it did not decide the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the "Greek Freak", didn't have a very strong game 5 for the Bucks after dominating the first 4 games of the series.

Added Giannis Antetokounmpo: "The ball got to go in or it's got to be an airball shot for the referee to review the shot". Making just one shot in that time frame could have changed the course of the game. The Bucks shot 36.8 percent from the field. "You try and beat him to the spot, but he's got a full package, so you can't really anticipate too much". He finished the game with a double-double (14 rebounds, 22 points) - his second of the series.

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Welcome back Marcus Smart! Smart, along with rookie Semi Ojeleye, were up to the task of containing the "Greek Freak" in game 5.

Smart did simply what he does best in his long-awaited return to the court Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

It takes a complete team effort to do that on defense, but the Celtics do not get a complete team effort without Smart, who brings everything together on defense and makes the kind of plays that can not be done without him. Horford's play took some of the pressure off of young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. He'll need that in Game 6.

Philadelphia entered the postseason as the hottest team in the league winning their last 16 regular season games.

Perhaps Smart's return not only lifted the spirits of the Celtics, but it also offered fans - some of which ruthlessly critique the 24-year-old - an overwhelming sense of relief that this team's not done just yet.

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Boston has yet to prove that they can win a road playoff game, but that won't last long.

"Giannis is a heck of a player", Stevens said.

"He's the only reason we were in the game in the first", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

He took Terry Rozier, the Celtics' MVP the last month, out of the game with 1:12 remaining to get bigger bodies in the game.

A few possessions later, Smart managed to squeeze out the pass to Horford with three Bucks draped over him, and Horford easily dropped in a layup to make it 86-79 with 28.1 seconds left.

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