Where Marcus Smart ranks among Boston Celtics' top basketball assets
Nichole Jefferson | April 20, 2017, 5:39
The final pair of Eastern Conference playoff kick-off games are set for Sunday as the Hawks visit the Wizards and the Bulls head to Boston to battle the Celtics.
Still, the Celtics coach appreciates those accomplishments.
The Celtics locked up the number one seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference on Wednesday night defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 in a gritty, hard-fought game. So that's a real positive but now - we'll talk about what was accomplished later. We'll talk about what was accomplished later. Great players like Thomas are going to find ways to get their points but they can be contained.
With only two games left in the regular season, Boston and Cleveland both have a record of 51-29.
Ultimately all eyes were looking beyond this game, and the Celtics weren't going to drop to Bucks reserves and fail to clinch the No.1 seed.
Even before the Celtics incredible fourth quarter against the Bucks, the Cavaliers had already lost to the Toronto Raptors 98-83 to give Boston the top spot. They trail Boston by a game with just one more to play. "Fatigue got us a little bit", said Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who was pleased to come out of the game without any injuries. "He'll be ready for us".
"It's very special. I mean, for me it is".
They will now face the eighth-seeded Bulls (41-41) in the first round of the playoffs.
"These are the playoffs that I've looked forward to the most probably since I've been in this league", Al Horford told MassLive.com. "It should be a fun series", Horford added in agreement.
Beasley's fadeaway jumper with 8:12 remaining gave Milwaukee an 88-87 lead. The C's lost the first two games in Atlanta - getting blown out in Game 2 thanks to a seven-point first quarter.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas celebrates in the final moments of the Celtics 112-94 win over the Bucks on Wednesday. Following free throws, Noah Vonleh's hook shot got the Blazers within 101-100.
Green scored 10 of his 18 points during a 25-2 fourth quarter surge by the Celtics on Wednesday, as there was plenty to be decided on the last night of the regular season. The Grizzlies will face the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs, who added former Gators forward and 11-year National Basketball Association veteran David Lee last summer.
"He's really competitive", Stevens said. That's easier said than done against his good friend Jimmy Butler, who averaged 23.9 points per game this season along with 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
That's why his answer when asked how long he realistically could guard Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics' 5-foot-9-inch scoring dynamo, shouldn't surprise. "We want to thank you guys for the wonderful support you've given us this season", Thomas said. "So we've got to do the same and impose our will on those guys early and dictate the whole tempo of the series".