The SMU product drew the assignment of trying to bother Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he performed admirably, holding the phenom to 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Within the first minute of checking in, Smart found himself diving on the floor after poking a ball loose, the first of many times he ended up on the ground in the game.
Up five points with 80 seconds to play, the Celtics - who'd just gotten away with a backcourt violation - milked the clock until Al Horford put up a desperation jumper that didn't leave his hand in time.
Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.
Boston came back with a 7-2 spurt capped off by a driving lay-up by Marcus Morris, making it a 79-70 game with 5:46 to play. "You know, one of the strengths of our group is that we have multiple guys that can play multiple positions and, you know, the Bucks had us against the wall". Repeatedly in the first half, Bledsoe just failed to make an effort to close out on Celtics shooters.
Bucks vexed with non-call on Celtics' shot clock violation (read here): Chris Forsberg of ESPN rounded up the reactions of Milwaukee's players to the costly 24-second violation that wasn't called in the game's closing minutes.
Milwaukee got back in the series by defending at a high level.
Finally, Prunty struggled mightily with rotation decisions in the fourth.
The call: One of the major talking points of the next few days will surely be the shot clock violation that was not called on Al Horford with just over a minute left.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, the referees were not allowed to review the play.
Giannis: "We have been here before" (read here): EuroHoops detailed Giannis Antetokounmpo's response to the loss, to his lack of shots in Game 5, and what the Bucks have to do to stay alive.
The Bucks were understandably steamed about the missed call and the lack of a replay review that might've rectified it.
If Milwaukee just got reasonable production from its role players they would have gone back home up 3-2. Instead, they should be blaming the rims at the TD Garden.