Celtics' Smart cleared for full-contact practice, hopes to play Game 4

Kyrie Irving

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks meet Wednesday in game five of the second round National Basketball Association playoffs at the Fiserv Forum.

But the crowd was back on its feet, chanting "Let's Go Celtics!" midway through the third, when Horford made a pair of baskets around a three-pointer by Tatum to cut the deficit to five, 91-86 with 7:19 to play.

Typically I'm not a hot-take guy, but I have to be honest here - I think this season is toast.

Of the game, and the series. From an 11-4 team in January to a 5-6 team heading into the All-Star Break in February, I had no idea where this team was heading, nor could I confidently stick by a cemented prediction regarding them heading down the line and towards the end of the season. "It felt fine. Like I said, we'll see how today goes and check it out tomorrow". They're making the paint look crowded whenever I'm driving or wherever I'm going on the court, seeing two or three bodies, sometimes four. No question about it, he wants to be the man on a team.

In Game 4, Irving picked up five fouls, he got beat on fast breaks, and he ended up getting switched on Giannis Antetokounmpo, which is never going to be a favorable matchup, far too often. Jaylen Brown, a professional, didn't talk to them about this, but looking at them and how down they were, they couldn't wait for the season to be over because that's how bad things had gotten.

After two disappointing performances that have the Celtics on the brink of elimination from the NBA Playoffs, Kyrie Irving is taking it from all angles.

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"For me, 22 shots, I should have shot 30", he said Monday. The Celtics, trailing 2-1 in this best-of-seven series, were desperate. "We'll have to bring that fight to them on Wednesday". Their bench comes in and they have no drop-off.

The Milwaukee Bucks will advance to their first conference finals since 2000-01 with a victory.

"Yeah that was killer", Stevens said. They had 27 points with a little over nine minutes to play in the second. The final 10 seconds or so of the game were spent with four active Celtics players on the floor, and their superstar darting down the hallway, past the mural of Boston Celtics legends, all by himself.

The Celtics could get a key player back in guard Marcus Smart, who participated in practice Sunday.

Not surprisingly, Boston's fortunes have cratered along with Irving's faulty jumper. Irving has had a number of defining games in his career.

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