Celtics guard could return for potential Game 6

That doesn't mean he's guaranteed to play Tuesday night in Game 5 of the team's first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, though.

Most playoff series have a big adjustment in Game 3 that either reshapes the matchup or fails completely.

The Bucks are attempting to overcome a dismal history when trailing 2-0 in a series. Milwaukee then built a hefty halftime lead and managed to hang on late to earn the win in Game 4, sending this series back to Boston all tied at two games apiece.

The Bucks won their two home games but that's been the trend in the series as the hosts have prevailed all four times.

Even though Smart hasn't played in a competitive game in more than a month, the Bucks have every intention of going at him as though he had played in every game of this series. I'm just waiting on the okay.

It's hard not to respect a guy that cares so little about about the result of such a play.

The Spurs trail Golden State 3-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series. And if Marcus Smart gets to play?

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, while Tatum added 21. Both Stevens and Smart said the splint is designed so that it won't affect Smart's shooting. Just gotta do a great job of trying to contain him if he plays tonight. "Kept us in it".

"I think you need to defend at a better rate than we have, but also obviously our offense has put us in a bind on a number of occasions with blocked shots", Stevens said. "His energy on defense really translated to the offensive end".

"It's a tough time. That's encouraging to see". He says Antetokounmpo stayed 10 minutes before leaving. "It just didn't go in tonight".

"We know what to expect coming into the Garden", he said. This is why the playoffs are so challenging. Getting scrappy guard Marcus Smart back would be a huge boon for Boston. "We're looking forward to being able to go back home".

Domantas Sabonis scored a team-high 19 points for the Pacers, who head to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo had 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in Game 1 and 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in Game 2.

The 24-year-old averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game before suffering the injury. While the Celtics have still the homecourt advantage, this game is very pivotal.

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