The Bucks know that they have the best player in this series, but they also know that he needs a little help.
The Milwaukee Bucks will take on the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Round One Playoffs on Tuesday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at TD Garden, Boston, MA. One things for sure, Baynes will be under the rim doing the dirty work, the question is whether the Boston shooters can find the range once more.
Boston is a 2.5-point favorite, with the over-under for total points scored set at 204.5. The same goes for Marcus Morris, who couldn't get it going offensively in Games 3 and 4.
Will Boston revert to its dominant form and cover, or will Milwaukee take the upper hand by getting the first road win in this series? But if Rozier can return to completely outplaying Bledsoe like he did in the first two home games, the Celtics should be in good shape. Ginobili came through in what could have been his final home game with San Antonio. The Celtics have won four of the five previous playoff series between the teams and have an 18-13 edge in games won.
Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston. "We've never been through this type of adversity", said Ginobili. "He brings that toughness, he brings that edge, he has everybody on the same level wanting to play just how he plays, so that's always helpful, and I'm excited if he's playing tonight". "It's not like I go out there thinking I have to score 30 or 40 points".
"We're strong as a team, it's not about individual players", Valanciunas said. You see him out there on the floor coaching during these games. If his jumper isn't going early, he should attack the basket more.
With Smart sidelined, the Celtics have been limited to two point guards against the Bucks - Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin.
Malcolm Brogdon's three-pointer gave the Bucks a 102-100 lead before Boston's Al Horford made two free throws to equalise. As a team, the Celtics shot 41 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the three-point line but they just fell short in a game that could have easily gone either way. Brown had 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting along with eight rebounds, an assist and three steals in 41 minutes while Tatum posted 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He needs to be the one who knocks, not the one who fears the deer.