Celtics' Smart (oblique) available to play Game 4

But thanks in large part to the aggressiveness of the second unit, and bench savior and de facto leader George Hill, Milwaukee was able to build a nine-point lead late into the end of the game-defining quarter of the 1 vs. 4 battle. Prepare the right way.

In what might be his last home game for the Celtics, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points with 10 assists. The run that you would hope to make in a quarter like that doesn't happen.

You are fresh off an Eastern Conference Finals where Game 7 were 48 minutes away from an NBA championship - a trip to the NBA Finals, rather - and the next season, this man is starting ahead of you.

"For me, the 22 shots?"

"I missed shots", Irving said. But he was 7 for 22 from the floor, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range; after leading all scorers with 26 points in Boston's Game 1 blowout, he has made 19 of 62 shots and just 4 of 20 from 3-point range.

Irving forced his way out of Cleveland and being dealt to Boston on August 22, 2017.

"They do a great job of loading, so they're making the paint look crowded whenever I'm driving or wherever I'm going on the court", Irving said.

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez is still evolving in the postseason: Adam also checked in on how veteran Bucks big man Brook Lopez has increasingly influenced the Bucks' series with the Celtics after showing some early warning signs. Monday night's home game could be the last for Irving in a green-and-white uniform.

The Boston Celtics have covered 10 of their last 13 games as a road underdog and five of their last six games as a road underdog of at least five points. But you never want to trap a player on a team they don't like.

The Bucks went 27-14 on the road in the regular season, which tied them with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors for the best road mark in the National Basketball Association.

Milwaukee's 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics means the Bucks can close out the conference semifinals Wednesday at Fiserv Forum. And, despite his own play, and that of his teammates, being not almost good enough through the past three games, he said he remains confident that the Celtics have what it takes to turn this series around. At this point, we obviously understand the X's and O's. "It's just slowing the (expletive) game down".

Irving could bolt this summer, maybe to Brooklyn, maybe to the Knicks, or perhaps to either of Los Angeles' teams.

Irving and Durant become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

"The game was over", Irving said.

  • Lawrence Cooper