Boston Celtics: 3 factors that will decide the series vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker and Jabari Parker celebrate after Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday

Celtics guard, Jaylen Brown did his best to lead the Celtics in game 4. Judging by his first four games, that shouldn't be an issue.

Baynes' ability to to get after the ball on the offensive glass is by far his biggest asset, and the Celtics have utterly destroyed the Bucks in that area, leading the offensive rebound count 54-26 through four games.

The initial target for Smart was to play in either Game 6 or 7, but a Game 5 appearance would not come as a surprise anymore given the questionable tag he received from the team. Middleton's steal led to a wide open corner three for Malcolm Brogdon, a shot he made easily to give the Bucks a two point lead. Boston ended with a 43-36 edge on the boards. Jabari Parker led a vigorous effort off the bench with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Bucks center John Henson missed his second consecutive game with a back injury. The Spurs extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the first half while holding an edge in nearly every statistical category. "You have to play him like he's been playing all year long or this whole series, which is, get after him some too".

Meanwhile in San Antonio, the Spurs got 22 points and 10 rebounds from star big man Lamarcus Aldridge as they defeated the Warriors 103-90 to stave off the sweep and send the series back to the Bay area.

Well, they squeaked out of Game 4 with a narrow two-point win, 104-102. Their deficit reached as many as 19 in the third quarter before Boston rallied. And now that their series with the Bucks is all square at two apiece, they could use more help.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrates following Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis Sunday

Malcolm Brogdon's three-pointer gave the Bucks a 102-100 lead before Boston's Al Horford made two free throws to equalize. According to Basketball Reference, Boston was 4.6 points per 100 possessions better with Smart on the floor compared to when he Saturday. The Bucks almost squandered a 20-point Game 2 lead, but Giannis Antetokounmpo's timely tip-in in the final seconds sealed the win.

Antetokounmpo is easily the best player in this series, and he proved it with the series hanging in the balance. He topped 23 points in both games in Boston.

The forward told reporters in Boston on Monday that he left only because his ankle was bothering him. Should Milwaukee win on the road, they return home with a chance to win the series. The Bucks went with the same starting five as Game 3, with Zeller replacing Henson and Brogdon starting for Tony Snell.

The script from Game 3 was being followed up until this point. Will Monroe get back in the rotation?

Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who can wrap up the series in Game 5 at home Tuesday.

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