Celtics notebook: Al Horford’s inspiration a playoff force for Celtics — Boston Herald

Marcus Smart, whose fire has helped drive the Celtics to their 2-2 series tie with Milwaukee, can appreciate the opposite approach. He appreciates the calm, steadied influence Al Horford has on the Celtics from night to night. “It’s great, especially with me. I’m more energized, a little more sporadic than he is, and he’s always…

Celtics notebook: Al Horford’s inspiration a playoff force for Celtics — Boston Herald

Celtics coach Ime Udoka: ‘Got to teach my guys to flop a little more’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Ime Udoka was most vocal about a single call – referees not assessing a shooting foul when Marcus Smart pulled up from beyond the arc.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka: ‘Got to teach my guys to flop a little more’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Antetokounmpo won’t question referees, “I’ve got to pay for diapers.” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“How much does it cost if I say something, a comment about the refs? Is it $20,000?”

Antetokounmpo won’t question referees, “I’ve got to pay for diapers.” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Smart: ‘Strong likelihood’ of Game 3 return — Boston Herald

Marcus Smart says there’s a “strong likelihood” that he returns from a one-game absence to play Saturday in Game 3 in Milwaukee, but even if he doesn’t, he knows how the Celtics should begin their afternoon in a hostile environment. 820 more words

Smart: ‘Strong likelihood’ of Game 3 return — Boston Herald

Led by Al Horford and Grant Williams, Celtics bottle up Bucks in Game 2 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

As Giannis Antetokounmpo walked into the tunnel, a Boston fan pushed him in the arm.

Led by Al Horford and Grant Williams, Celtics bottle up Bucks in Game 2 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Celtics notebook: Grant Williams expands his postseason profile — Boston Herald

He’s been called everything from Batman (by himself) to a mini Al Horford (Ime Udoka), and based on how he has guarded Giannis Antetokounmpo and helped bail out the Celtics’ offense in Game 2, Grant Williams has provided some much-needed clout off the Celtics bench. 777 more words

Celtics notebook: Grant Williams expands his postseason profile — Boston Herald

Celtics go cold in 101-89 Game 1 loss to Milwaukee — Boston Herald

The Celtics did their job on Giannis Antetokounmpo, and still it wasn’t enough. Though the Bucks star had to labor for the scoring part of his triple-double (24 points, 9-for-25 FG, 13 rebounds/12 assists), Milwaukee was even better at mobbing and bumping Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as the Celtics sank under duress in a…

Celtics go cold in 101-89 Game 1 loss to Milwaukee — Boston Herald

Celtics notebook: Brown, teammates move on from a rough afternoon — Boston Herald

As Jaylen Brown admitted, the Celtics got punched in the mouth during their Game 1 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday. The Celtics forward’s afternoon was fairly illustrative. 682 more words

Celtics notebook: Brown, teammates move on from a rough afternoon — Boston Herald

Bucks bounce back without Middleton, rout Bulls to take 2-1 series lead — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Grayson Allen knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks bounce back without Middleton, rout Bulls to take 2-1 series lead — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Column: Chicago Bulls fans were ready to rock the United Center — but Grayson Allen plays the villain to perfection — Twin Cities

Chicago Bulls fans were ready to rock Friday night before Game 3 at the United Center. But they also were ready to boo and got it out of their system in the second half of the Bulls’ embarrassing 111-81 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. A night that began with so much anticipation turned ugly early…

Column: Chicago Bulls fans were ready to rock the United Center — but Grayson Allen plays the villain to perfection — Twin Cities

Chicago Bulls stepped up defensively in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Here’s what worked. — The Denver Post

The Chicago Bulls defense stood out in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, holding the reigning NBA champions 22.5 points below their regular-season average despite the 93-86 loss. Coach Billy Donovan believes this level of physical buy-in is“ just the price of admission” for guarding the Bucks. “You don’ t do that, you have no…

Chicago Bulls stepped up defensively in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Here’s what worked. — The Denver Post

Chicago Bulls will face the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks beginning Sunday in the 1st round of the NBA playoffs — Boston Herald

The Chicago Bulls will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, staying close to home to begin their first postseason appearance in five years. 303 more words

Chicago Bulls will face the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks beginning Sunday in the 1st round of the NBA playoffs — Boston Herald