Terry Rozier on Marcus Smart's Return: "It's going to be huge"


The Celtics will need to get off to a much better start if they want to avoid going home with a 2-2 series tie.

The first two games of the playoffs Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton held the team.

On the winning side, Giannis Antetokounmpo starred, contributing 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting along with seven rebounds, five assists. "Thon being in his second year and playing the way he did is huge for us". When series are tied at two games apiece, the team that wins Game 5 wins the series more than 80 percent of the time.

"I think the thumb, the surgery did its job", Smart told The Boston Globe on Sunday.

The Bucks played harder, but their Global Positioning System was broken, so they drove into walls.

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.

Now the series returns to the TD Garden on Tuesday night, and the Celtics are hoping Rozier returns to being that terrifying force that gave the Bucks nightmares. Play got chippy and the Celtics limited the Bucks' transition game.

But it's Marcus Smart.

"The activity, if you take the stat sheet out of it, the activity and the energy that we brought ... as you go through the game, that's what you need, is the energy first", Milwaukee Coach Joe Prunty said. "And then in the second, he just continued and did a great job". In a system like Stevens', shot creators are a bonus, but all that's necessary are guys who can make the proper play. "We kept our composure and fought all the way to the end".

"It helps a lot", Horford said. Defense certainly wasn't his calling card coming out of Duke, but Parker showed what he could look like on that end if he stays engaged.

"It's a tough time. That's encouraging to see". "It just didn't go in tonight".

"Part of that is performance and how successful we are on the court", Feigin said.

Unfortunately for the eminently recognizable, 6ft11 forward known as 'The Greek Freak, ' it wasn't good enough to get a table a local Mexican Restaurant. This is why the playoffs are so challenging. Last week Smart said that he was going to be evaluated by a hand specialist in NY on Tuesday, but that appointment was moved up to Monday, with the Celtics realizing there was an opportunity to get Smart back for this game.

On the postseason, five players are averaging in double figures for the Celtics, they are Jaylen Brown (23.8), Al Horford (17.3), Terry Rozier (16.3), Marcus Morris (14.8) and Jayson Tatum (14.5). Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points with six assists and five rebounds.

Kevin Durant paced the Warriors with 34 points and 13 rebounds, while Draymond Green snaffled a game-high 18 rebounds to go with nine points and nine dimes. Celtics coach Brad Stevens and his staff pored over film of the 116-92 debacle late into Friday night.