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At the half: Celtics 53, Bucks 43 — 8:52 p.m.
The Celtics head into the half up by 10. After looking flat and uninspiring to start both Games 3 and 4 on the road, Boston has started this game with the right level of urgency.
Giannis picks up his third foul — 8:51 pm
Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his third personal crowd with 22.1 seconds remaining in the second quarter. A huge thing to watch in the third quarter will be whether he picks up his fourth.
Giannis has 21. The rest of the Bucks? — 8:48 p.m.
Jrue Holiday has added 12, but they’ve gotten just eight points from other players.
Meanwhile, Derrick White has scored 7 points off the bench for Boston.
The Celtics have hit 11 threes so far — 8:45 pm
While attempting 23 of them.
And Milwaukee has only hit 3.
Scoring update: 3:12, second quarter — 8:44 pm
It’s still Celtics 42, Bucks 39.
Scoring update: 4:45, second quarter — 8:38 pm
Celtics 42, Bucks 39.
Challenge, unsuccessful and a big swing — 8:34 pm
Big swing: Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket and Marcus Smart tried to draw a charge but his left foot ended up on the line of the restricted area. Officials whistled a blocking foul on Smart, giving Antetokounmpo an and-1 and the chance to bring the Bucks within 4. Ime Udoka unsuccessfully challenged the call. If the challenge were successful, then Antetokounmpo would have picked up his third foul with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter.
Udoka is challenging the foul call on Smart — 8:32 pm
He was called for a crowd while defending a Giannis drive in the paint.
Could the Celtics make history? — 8:30 p.m.
Stat watch: The most three-point attempts ever in a playoff game is 58 by the Houston Rockets in 2020. The most made three-pointers ever in a playoff game is 25 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Midway through the second quarter, the Celtics are shooting 10 of 20.
Big play here — 8:29 pm
Big play there. Bucks throw it away and Giannis gives up a foul to stop the fast break. His second. I’d argue his foul situation is much more important than a layup. And might be a clear path.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) May 14, 2022
Scoring update: 8:30, second quarter — 8:26 pm
Celtics 40, Bucks 30.
Tatum can’t miss 🔥 — 8:21 pm
He’s 4-for-4 from three, and has 14 points.
Celtics 35, Bucks 30.
Tatum, Smart and Jaylen combined 10 for 13 from three. Picked the right time to get hot.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) May 14, 2022
What Udoka said at the break — 8:18 pm
“We’re assisting well, we want to get more paint touches but they’re really crowding the paint.”
The Celtics are knocking down 3s. But can they keep it up? — 8:17 p.m.
The large majority of Boston’s shot attempts in the first quarter (71.4 percent) came from behind the arc. The Celtics are knocking the threes down at an impressive clip (53.3 percent), though I’m curious to see how sustainable that rate is. The good news is that 7 of Boston’s 10 field goals were assisted, which means the team is moving the ball.
End, 1st quarter: Celtics 28, Bucks 26 — 8:14 p.m.
The Celtics are 8-for-15 from 3.
That’s 17 first-quarter points from Giannis — 8:13 pm
He has 17 of the Bucks’ 26 points.
OK, that is impressive 🍻 — 8:12 pm
Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari is courtside, next to tight end Robert Tonyan. Bakhtiari chugged two beers, with absolutely no spillage, in about 20 seconds.
The cons when it comes to coaches challenges — 8:11 pm
Marcus Smart tripped on a drive to the rim but was bailed out by a poor call by the officials, who decided to whistle a foul on Jrue Holiday instead. It wouldn’t make sense for Mike Budenholzer to challenge the call because it’s still the first quarter and only Holiday’s first personal. I wonder if the NBA will eventually adjust their challenge system so that coaches can keep their challenge if they are correct.
Scoring update: 2:45, first quarter — 8:07 pm
Bucks 24, Celtics 20
Giannis can’t miss — 8:04 pm
It took until 4:40 remaining in the first quarter for Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss his first shot. He started the game 4 of 4 from the field, including a three-pointer, and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.
The Bucks have their first lead — 8:03 pm
It’s 20-17 Milwaukee.
Fans at Fiserv are feeling it — 8:00 pm
The fans at Fiserv Forum can definitely sense what’s at stake tonight, cheering much louder than they were in Games 3 and 4. Giannis Antetokounmpo is certainly feeling it, too, flexing after he powered his way to the rim for a layup that forced Ime Udoka to call a timeout.
Scoring update: 7:00, first quarter — 7:58 pm
Celtics 15, Bucks 10
A second foul on Grant, and White is in the game — 7:57 pm
Grant Williams picked up his second personal foul with 7:45 remaining in the first quarter, so coach Ime Udoka subbed him out for Derrick White. White has been a reliable rotation player on both ends of the floor for the Celtics this series.
Make it five — 7:56 pm
Through the first four minutes of the game, the Celtics have only scored on three-pointers. The team has come out firing, making 5 of their 8 attempts from behind the arc.
Six shots, six threes — 7:54 p.m.
The Celtics are connecting on the three early in this game. But they’ve only made three of those six three-point attempts.
There’s an issue with the shot clocks. Will it matter? — 7:53 p.m.
The shot clocks that are typically above the backboard aren’t working, so the shot clock is on the ground in the corner of the court. I’d be curious to see how this change impacts the players, as they now have to look down and to the side to know how much time is left.
Giannis has already drawn two fouls — 7:50 pm
Giannis needed 95 seconds to lower his head and pick up fouls on both Horford and Grant.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) May 13, 2022
And we’re off — 7:47 pm
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The vibe at Fiserv Forum — 7:42 pm
It’s probably only a matter of time before Fiserv Forum starts a “Bucks in six!” song. The crowd received a pre-game message from former Buck Brandon Jennings, who coined the term during the 2012-13 playoffs.
What Marcus Smart said before the game — 7:34 pm
“Desperate. We gotta play desperate.”
What’s your prediction? — 7:25 p.m.
Tell us in the comments.
Starting lineups — 7:20 pm
Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Grant Williams, Al Horford
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Wesley Matthews
Eastern Conference Finals schedule set — 7:05 pm
By Christopher Price
With Miami’s win over Philadelphia on Thursday night, the Heat will advance to take on either Boston or Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals. Here’s the schedule for the best-of-seven series.
Game 1: Tue., May 17 — MIL/BOS at Miami, 8:30 pm (ESPN)
Game 2: Thu., May 19 — MIL/BOS at Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3: Sat., May 21 — Miami at MIL/BOS, 8:30 pm (ABC)
Game 4: Mon., May 23 — Miami at MIL/BOS, 8:30 pm (ABC)
Game 5: Wed., May 25 — BOS/MIL at Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)*
Game 6: Fri., May 27 — Miami at BOS/MIL, 8:30 pm (ESPN)*
Game 7: Sun., May 29 — BOS/MIL at Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)*
(* if necessary)
This unit is outscoring the Bucks. Can it continue tonight? — 6:50 p.m.
By Adam Himmelsbach
The Celtics have had success in this series with a smaller lineup that features Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford. The unit entered Friday outscoring the Bucks by 31.5 points per 100 possessions in this series.
Milwaukee also had great success on the offensive glass in Game 5, and this unit could leave the Celtics vulnerable in that area in critical points, but Udoka said the benefits elsewhere have outweighed that concern so far.
“I think offensively, it’s been really good for us, and the numbers show that,” he said. “Obviously that was a huge emphasis in Game 4 that got us back in it was that lineup, spreading out the floor and giving them different looks. And you could say offensive rebounding hurts you because of the small lineups, but we do a lot of switching at times anyway, whether we are big or small. Sometimes we do have cross matches, and that’s when we have to come back in and gang rebound, understanding that’s one of their main things we can do is crash the glass extremely well.”
What actually happened on that final play on Wednesday? — 6:35 p.m.
By Adam Himmelsbach
Coach Ime Udoka said they were hoping to get the ball to Jayson Tatum so he could attack a mismatch, most likely a switch that left him guarded by Bobby Portis or Pat Connaughton.
But Al Horford appeared to be late in setting a screen for Tatum on the weak side, and with Boston out of timeouts, Marcus Smart was forced to improvise. He ran toward the ball, caught the inbounds pass from Derrick White, and actually got a step on Connaughton as he slashed toward the rim. He just never saw Jrue Holiday swoop in and swallow up the attempt before pegging it off Smart and out of bounds. Yes, there was time for Smart to pull the ball back out and get it to Tatum somehow, but he made the right call looking to capitalize on the brief opening. Afterward, Smart was looking toward the other side of the court, confused and frustrated, and no one was looking at Smart that way.
Read the rest of Himmelsbach’s thoughts ahead of this series here.
Referee update: Scott Foster is out — 6:20 pm
There’s been an officiating change.
Scott Foster is out with a non-COVID illness.
He will be replaced by Nick Buchert.
Here’s the full rundown:
Scott Foster (non-Covid related illness) is not available to officiate tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.
Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Ben Taylor (Referee), Tre Maddox (Umpire) and Nick Buchert (Alternate) will be the officiating crew for the game.
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) May 13, 2022
Robert Williams is out — 6:03 pm
The Celtics’ big man is out for the third straight game.
“We’re looking out for his health first and foremost,” Ime Udoka said before the game. “The bread is still there and we’re not going to put him out there until he’s 100 percent.”
Williams is still day-to-day after surgery to repair a meniscus tear in late March.
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