Tied up: Giannis' tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4

He is not there quite yet, but he is continuing to prove his worth to the Celtics' roster. Horford had only four points on four field goal attempts and no free throws in the first half with a plus-minus of minus-8.

Boston's All-Star center is the only frontcourt threat on the roster who knows how to punish Milwaukee for switching on defense.

The Greek Freak came up when the Bucks needed him most at every occasion.

Bogdanovic scored 15 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the series, with Game 4 on Sunday in Indianapolis. In tonight's pivotal Game 5 at Boston, which team should bettors put their money on?

Post-game, The Pick and Roll caught up with Baynes to ask about the expanded role from Game 1, and what he felt was a key reason for the development.

In last year's playoffs, Brown was a bit piece.

The Bucks fell into a deep deficit early, then fought back to force overtime on a desperation 3-pointer by Khris Middleton but faded in OT and lost 113-107.

Brown - who dressed slowly in the locker room and was visibly upset at the podium after the game - deflected any praise. "It's not like I go out there thinking I have to score 30 or 40 points".

Smart traveled with the team to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 of the series, which is now tied at 2. They were dominant from opening tip, winning 116-92. "So there's no question about it that he helps us a lot".

Defensively however, he has often been caught in an unfortunate position by attempting what many National Basketball Association bigs wouldn't dare - trying to block a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk attempt.

"It's a five-person job to guard Giannis. That's all I focus on and that's what I'll continue to do each time". Great defensive player. So, you've just gotta be smart with him. TD Garden is a special place that should always give the Celtics a boost, but they can not take anything for granted. This is only his first playoff series, both starting and playing as a featured scoring option, and not many young players can do what he's been doing.

"He's truly a guy that does not care, he just wants to win". I think one of the things obviously when you've got a player of his caliber, he's really excited to play. We welcome him back Thursday after another Bucks win and will hold open a table.

"We got the look we wanted". "We kept our composure and fought all the way to the end". The series is tied at two games apiece and it shifts back to Cleveland for Game 5.

The initial target for Smart was to play in either Game 6 or 7, but a Game 5 appearance would not come as a surprise anymore given the questionable tag he received from the team.

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