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Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by gyso on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:06 am

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Eastern Quarterfinals Series (Round of 16):(No.2) Boston Celtics at (No.7) Milwaukee Bucks (Celtics lead 3-2)



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Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST Thursday April 26, 2018, Stadium: BMO Harris Bradley Center

TV: TNT, FSWI, NBCS-B (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 7:00 PM)
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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-milwaukee-bucks-2018042615/

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Odds: MIL -4.5

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by gyso on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:10 am

Celtics a Smart choice to close out Bucks

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=401029436

MILWAUKEE -- The Boston Celtics had waited for weeks to get Marcus Smart back on the floor after missing the last six weeks with a thumb injury.

Smart finally returned Tuesday night and it's not a coincidence that the Celtics are now just one victory away from the second round and can lock it up Thursday night when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at the Bradley Center.

Smart only scored nine points in 25 minutes of work but was a force on the defensive end, helping hold the Bucks to a series-low 36 percent shooting percentage.

"It means a lot for our team," Celtics forward Al Horford said of Smart's return. "I think I said it earlier in the year that he was kind of like the soul of our team. Just everything that he brings -- his toughness, unselfishness, just a hard-nosed player, and we fed off his energy (in Game 5)."

To punch their ticket to the next round, the Celtics will need more of the same defensive effort -- especially against all-star Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo finished an assist short of a triple-double but scored a series-low 16 points while attempting just 10 shots in the Bucks' 92-87 loss after averaging 27.8 points on 17.8 shot attempts through the first four games of the series.

Antetokounmpo acknowledged the additional pressure provided by Smart and rookie Semi Ojeleye, who Boston coach Brad Stevens moved into the starting lineup to help contain Antetokounmpo, but he put the blame on himself for the lack of production.

"I feel like the shots I had, the moments in the game that they were quality shots, so I took them," Antetokounmpo said. "Of course, in Game 6 I got to come out being more aggressive.

Interim Bucks coach Joe Prunty said his team needs a better all-around effort if it wants to keep its season alive for another day.
"It's not just one guy, it's everyone we call on," Prunty said. "We need them to come in and play solid defense, we need guys to come in and knock down shots."

Smart's presence alone will make that difficult and it also adds another layer to what has already been a physical series.

Bucks point guard Matthew Dellavedova expects more of the same when the teams meet again Thursday night.

"The sixth time playing the same team ... it's going to get physical and a little bit chippy," he said. "That's the same case whether you're playing board games with your family. You keep playing with the same people over and over it's going to get chippy."

A loss Thursday night would not only end the Bucks' season, but also mark the final game played at the Bradley Center, their home since 1988. The team is moving into a new facility located right next door next season.

Milwaukee, though, is hoping to ride the same home-court advantage it enjoyed while winning Games 3 and 4 and force a Game 7 for the first time since 2010.

"We've been here before," Antetokounmpo said. "We've just got to play hard, be disciplined, move the ball, rebound the ball and we're playing at home. We've got to feed off the energy, make shots and hopefully we can get a win."




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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:12 pm

Jay King @ByJayKing
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Was Marcus Morris surprised by Semi Ojeleye in Game 5? "Not really. Our rookies damn near do about everything, right? It’s not really that surprising."

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Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg
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Marcus Smart: "My body is more sore than my thumb is. So that’s a good sign. I’m just happy that everything went as planned and I’m glad to be back on the court." pic.twitter.com/psy2TOzudT

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Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
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So @Semi Ojeleye Ojeleye is an ox, Guerschon Yabusele is a Dancing Bear, Greg Monroe is a Moose, and I'm pretty sure Marcus @Marcus Smart is a Tasmanian Devil... Welcome to Brad's Ark. twitter.com/celtics/status…

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by Ktronic1 on Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:43 pm

Defense! Defense!!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by gyso on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:11 pm

Thon Maker is starting. I hope he trimmed his fingernails.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by swedeinestonia on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:12 pm

Lets send Drew Bledsoe to pre-season camp!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:15 pm

Semi is starting again.

It's Thursday, so this must be Ozumas.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:17 pm

Good evening all.    Crowd loud as heck out there.  Big game..let's get this over with
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:18 pm

Milwaukee has been forcing the Celtics to use up a lot of time on the clock in offensive possessions. Got to get down there and get the offense going
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:19 pm

Letting Brogdon mug Jaylen.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:20 pm

Already a time out.  

Hey Bob, did you have a hand with making the schedule up? Awful lot of Thursday's at Ozuma's
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by Sandpd on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:21 pm

Hi all,

Big game tonight. Brad had to call TO as the offense has devolved to 1 on 1 with everyone standing outat the 3 pt. line.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by dboss on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:21 pm

Maker and Brogden in starting lineup.  That is the Bucks counter.  Al should be able to take Maker out deep and open things up for Boston.

Brogden is surprisingly effective given his lack of hugh end quickness.  He just knows how to play.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:22 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:Already a time out.  

Hey Bob, did you have a hand with making the schedule up? Awful lot of Thursday's at Ozuma's

Don't I wish...
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by Berlin-T on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:23 pm

Good evening everyone,

I'm switching back and forth between the game and the NFL draft.

Go Celtics!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by Sandpd on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:23 pm

With Semi, the offense is essentially 4 on 5 as he's not an offensive threat. Hope he makes a difference on D with the Freak.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:24 pm

Tatum has to get into his offense early.   Oops....there he goes
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:26 pm

Awesome play by Al
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:26 pm

Strong drive to the hoop by Al.
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Post by dboss on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:26 pm

O. Nice drive and dunk
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Post by Berlin-T on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:27 pm

Al is having a great playoff series.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:28 pm

Message on Celtics Blog to Celtic players:  PUMP FAKE....they will fall for it!!! Especially Thon Maker. 

Imagine, giving help to your former teammates!!!
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:32 pm

With Smart in, Rozier doesn't have to run the offense.
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Post by Sandpd on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:33 pm

It's good that the Bucks aren't hitting their outside shots.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Bucks - April 26, 2018 - Game 6 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by cowens/oldschool on Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:34 pm

Did Maker step on Smarts hand?
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