Sure Smart has been keeping up with conditioning and all of that, but it's a completely different animal when you get into the speed and flow of the game.
Boston reached halftime with a 48-37 lead as the Bucks struggled to get any production from their role players who shot just 6-for-25 from the field and 2-for-12 from 3-point range in the first half.
In the end I do think this series will be ending tonight because the Heat will not get enough from Wade, Whiteside and the rest of the supporting cast to outscore Embid, SImmons, and the switch-blade offensive juggernaut in Philly.
Boston misses the clutch drives to the basket, those what-are-you-doing 3's, those blocked shots on 7-footers, that pain-in-the-butt defense, and, of course, those don't-pass-it-there turnovers. Philadelphia will only get home court in the next round if Milwaukee wins the next two games causing the first two second round contests to be in Philly. Boston was led by Al Horford with 22 points and 14 rebounds. "I was just trying to be aggressive".
In the second year of his young National Basketball Association career, it is clear to see that Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown is a student of the game.
"He's a lot more ahead of the curve", Brown compared to himself. Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee. "Jayson has been incredible, and his learning curve has been expedited with people being out, people being hurt, things like that". One is in Year 2 of his playoff career, while the other is still learning the ropes as a rookie. And then there were hustle plays all over the floor.
"Obviously, we're better with Marcus Smart", Stevens said before Game 5.
"When you've got a guy like KG in your corner talking to you, giving you tips on your game, and coming to work out with you. he's one of the best players that's ever played the game", Middleton said.
Smart won't do much to replace the offense lost due to the absence of Irving and Hayward, but he will bring them closer to being an elite defensive team capable of pushing a team in Round 2. So, I didn't feel comfortable taking them. In this play we see Dellevedova get the ball to Giannis at the free throw line - a position he will often look to score from. But we've been owning our own space all year. The Celtics live with his flaws and more times than not he'll come through when it matters most.