National Basketball Association play-offs: Milwaukee Bucks beat Boston Celtics to make Eastern final

Florence Fletcher
May 10, 2019

Boston players can watch those games from their hotel rooms in Cancun, while they ponder their future. Don't wait around to make a run.

Wednesday night's Game 5 against the Boston Celtics already held the potential to be a particularly momentous occasion for the Milwaukee Bucks, but the team looks set to receive a further boost ahead of the opening tip. The Bucks won the last meeting 113-101.

"He gives us an extra spark", Middleton said.

The texts seemed to sink in even before the opening tip, as the team was quietly focused. He needed space to focus, he explained. Malcolm Brogdon also had 10 points in his return to the lineup after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis.

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in just 31 minutes as the Bucks rolled to a 116-91 victory over the Celtics. Middleton had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

But he's gone from double-double to double-teamed in the last three games, with Milwaukee's two-headed point guard tandem of Eric Bledsoe and George Hill combining to outscore him 89-61 and outshoot him 51.5 percent to 30.6.

Budenholzer added that Brogdon will come off the bench and be on a minutes restriction.

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After winning Game 1 of the series, the Celtics dropped each of the next four contests, bringing what's been a tumultuous campaign to a bitter end. He scored 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, knocking down three 3-pointers off the bench. However, we predict they'll put up a tremendous fight in Game 5 to avoid elimination.

It didn't take long for the Celtics' season to feel off. Milwaukee entered this season still feeling at least a year, maybe more, away. And they deserved this series.

Yelich was just one of the many luminaries in attendance Wednesday.

"We don't really worry about them at all - who we're playing against, who they have on their roster and whatnot", he insisted in the wake of the Game 4 win.

"Truth be told, it's no time to be disappointed", Kyrie Irving told reporters.

"Bucks in five" chants echoed through the crowd halfway through the fourth quarter.

Brogdon's return is a major moment as the Bucks continue their pursuit of an National Basketball Association championship, and first and foremost, the hope will be that his presence can give the team an extra boost and a series-closing win on Wednesday at Fiserv Forum.

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