Giannis has 39, Bucks beat Celtics 113-101, lead series 3-1

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks meet Wednesday in game five of the second round National Basketball Association playoffs at the Fiserv Forum.

The third quarter belonged to the Bucks' bench who have outscored the Celtics reserves 37-7 through three quarters.

Irving, of course, hit the game-winning shot in Game 7 of that series. This is going to look silly if they win tonight, but I'm saying it anyway: I won't complain if I don't have to watch this team for another six months after tonight. You go out and prepare, like I said. The run that you would hope to make in a quarter like that doesn't happen.

Kyrie Irving and Nike probably could've picked a better day for the announcement of his new Kyrie 5 "Friends" sneaker and gear line.

The tweet is in reference to the ridiculous statement Pierce made following Game 1 of the Bucks-Celtics second round series. Players are noted whether they have a player option for next season or are restricted free agents.

After two disappointing performances that have the Celtics on the brink of elimination from the NBA Playoffs, Kyrie Irving is taking it from all angles. I mean, he shot 22 on the game. We've seen in the past where teams know they're beat and the shoulders start slumping, and that usually results in an absolute beatdown in the close out game. They will have to win three straight - two of them on the road - to return.

In the past three games - all Celtics losses - Irving has shot a combined 19 for 62 from the field (30.6 percent) and 4 for 20 from behind the arc (20 percent). "Their bench comes in, they've had no dropoff". They had 27 points with a little over nine minutes to play in the second. In Game 4, he was limited to 10 trips to the stripe, instead destroying the Celtics' interior defense with a blend of spin moves and power slams.

"It takes a lot of mental fortitude, it takes a lot of mental toughness, and it reveals a lot", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

But the gaps in that storybook and reality have grown throughout this season of discontent, and appeared to grow even greater in those final 10 seconds of regulation Monday night, as Irving set off on a path all his own with the rest of his team left in his wake. If Kyrie legitimately doesn't like playing basketball in Boston, then he shouldn't sign a contract to play for Boston and you shouldn't want him to. Irving has had a number of defining games in his career.

  • Rosalie Stanley