Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Vows To Be Aggressive In Game 6

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Al Horford needs to return to his early series form to make sure that the Celtics take care of business of home protecting home court.

There have been some big games from reserve players in these playoffs already: Miami has gotten games of 28 and 25 points from Dwyane Wade and a 26-point effort from Kelly Olynyk, Philadelphia has seen Marco Belinelli reach 21 points twice so far, and Boston saw Greg Monroe get a double-double against the Bucks in only 23 minutes.

Prior to his injury, Smart was averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

The Celtics outscored Milwaukee 11-4 over the last 3:26 of the third quarter for a 72-61 lead. Marcus Morris is a great example of how important but you can be coming off the bench for the Celtics, and Rozier would be more valuable in that role than Smart would be.

Then Smart returned and helped restore order. He appeared to seamlessly re-integrate himself into various lineups, as his coach and teammates welcomed him back with open arms. "It's little plays that turn out to be game-changing plays". But Ojeleye - starting in place of Aron Baynes - knocked down a corner 3-pointer that got the Celtics' offense rolling.

Defense is always the focus with Smart, because he is one of the truly elite individual defenders in the National Basketball Association, with the kind of versatility that could transform a game against a team that embraces length as much as the Bucks.

"Thon loves the big moments, and he just finds a way to get it done", Bucks point guard Matthew Dellavedova said after Game 3. "He's a tough player and a tough matchup for a lot of guys". "We feed off his energy".

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.

With every shot attempt, the crowd would cheer in anticipation of a bucket.

Perhaps Smart's return not only lifted the spirits of the Celtics, but it also offered fans - some of which ruthlessly critique the 24-year-old - an overwhelming sense of relief that this team's not done just yet.

LeBron James said everyone on the Cavaliers' roster - himself included - needed to play better after falling behind IN 2-1 IN their series.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke to the media, following the team's shoot-around today, and announced that Smart's reevaluation went well and that he was cleared to play. Terry Rozier has done an excellent job as the starter in his place, but the kind of impact that Irving has on a game simply can not be replaced. All in all, the Bucks lost 31 precious seconds at the end of a five-point game (79-84). "Semi is a guy who has been a versatile defender for us all year, and that's a tall task - to ask a guy to guard Giannis the whole night". But in the grand scheme of things, I would just say it's on all of us.

Ojeleye guarded Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo for much of the night - "a tall task" per Stevens's standards.

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