However, while the Bucks have all the momentum, their role players didn't play well on the road in the first two games of the series which is a concern. Each of the four games in this series has reflected the multiple-personality disorder that has plagued the Bucks at times this season.
The Celtics have navigated the latter part of the regular season and the first four games of the playoffs without Smart or All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. His Bucks counterpart, Eric Bledsoe, wasn't much better as he reverted back to his quiet self after a good Game 3. Boston ended with a 43-36 edge on the boards. Khris Middleton added 23 points, while Jabari Parker scored 16 off the bench.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs, but they were willed to the finish by the 40-year-old Ginobili, who has said he will decide in the offseason if he will return.
As for Antetoukounmpo and Riddlesprigger, the two didn't go home empty-handed.
Celtics: Stevens kept his starting five intact after the team never recovered from a disastrous first quarter in Game 3.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has many big games under his belt.
The Celtics have had their offensive struggles in the series, shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from beyond the arc. Brown scored a playoff-high 19 points against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals, but he was minimally impactful. Washington shot only 34 percent in the half, including one for seven on 3s. They erased the deficit over the next quarter-and-a-half and seized a 100-99 lead on Jayson Tatum's jumper with 52.4 seconds remaining.
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Horford (13 points, nine rebounds), Morris (13 points) and Terry Rozier (10 points, eight assists) were also in double figures for the Celtics.
April 20, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7). "We've just gotta be aware of him on the defensive side".
The possibility of Smart's return brightened up the day for the C's, who are looking to bounce back and gain a 3-2 lead in the series after dropping Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee.
This one is going to be a pivotal swing in the series one way or the other.
Milwaukee interim coach Joe Prunty acknowledged Smart is indeed on the scouting report for tonight's game.
Bucks: Starting C John Henson missed a second straight game with a sore back. Will Monroe get back in the rotation?
Head to head, the over is 13-3-1 in the last 17 meetings, the Bucks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
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