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Celtics: Bucks 'punched us in the mouth' in Game 3
Bucks run through Celtics in Game 3
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27 April, 2018

As much as the C's appreciated Smart's coaching, they could certainly benefit more from having him back on the court.

"I'm supposed to come and give a spark off the bench", said Clarkson, who scored just two points in Game 3.

With a pivotal Game 5 of the horizon Tuesday night in Boston, Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty is hopeful that his team's best will be able to deliver in the clutch again for a group that is riding high on confidence at the moment. The Celtics can not expect home court to magically make this team function well again, and that is the easiest way for them to drop a third straight game. The Celtics were flat in the first half, trailing by seven after one quarter and by 16 at the half. Milwaukee continued to shoot well while Boston struggled. Boston played well in the first two games at home and almost stole Game 4 after being down 19 on the road.

Warriors: Livingston played despite spraining his left ankle late in the Warriors' Game 3 victory.

Here's an example of Boston executing that shot for Mook as intended.

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Boston trailed 65-45 with 7:37 left to play in the third quarter after a Giannis Antetokounmpo running dunk. According to Basketball Reference, Boston was 4.6 points per 100 possessions better with Smart on the floor compared to when he Saturday. "We know we've got to improve, because they are going to tweak some things so we've got to keep competing on every possession because they all count". 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. Brogdon missed the go-ahead shot with 5.1 seconds on the clock.

A Milwaukee restaurant issued a public apology on Sunday night after a social media post revealed it did not accommodate Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo in time. Middleton also played in-your-face defense in the final seconds on Marcus Morris, forcing the Boston forward to miss a 14-footer at the buzzer. It's something all young player go through, some get through it easier than others.

On the season, the Bucks are averaging 106.5 points, 39.8 rebounds and 23.2 assists per game. "It didn't go in tonight".

But Toronto slammed the door shut with a rapid burst of scoring to take the game away from the Wizards for good as the clock wound down. "You've got to find a way to win, you've got to find a way to impact the game". Rozier scored 23 points apiece in Games 1 and 2, only to combine for 19 points on 5-of-19 shooting in Games 3 and 4. Parker, who combined for two points and six rebounds in Games 1 and 2, finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Brown paced the Celtics with 34 points and eight rebounds in the loss.


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