Celtics hang on, beat Bucks in OT

The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves will decide the final playoff spot on Wednesday

The Boston Celtics have received a boost with Marcus Smart saying he will "definitely" be fit for the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Boston's odds to win the National Basketball Association championship can be found at BetDSI and they are pegging the Celtics at +8000, which means that Brad Stevens' men are not among the most serious contenders to lift the National Basketball Association title this year.

Boston enters as the No. 2 seed. Yes, the Bucks can clean up the 20 turnovers and certainly defend the three-ball better, but that's a game the Bucks should still win. And if not for this Khris Middleton buzzer-beater, they would've taken the game in regulation.

"It's forcing our group to grow up quicker than maybe some of our guys were supposed to", forward Al Horford said. "I'm not sure anybody was more exhausted than Al, because he put in an incredible effort for us". "He's been unbelievable in being a facilitator for us all year".

Antetokounmpo is entering his third postseason and already has turned into a marquee player. It's the first playoff meeting between the Bucks and Celtics since 1987, when Boston won a seven-game series in the East semifinals.

"I'm down 0-1 in the first found".

"Right now, (the) playoffs is not about stats".

"He knows what he's doing down there", Antetokounmpo said. "It's going to be a long road".

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It was a streaky game on both ends, but we should expect that the rest of the way.

Trying to slow him must be a team effort, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We tried to contain him as best we could". "Hopefully we can get back and rebound the ball because when we rebound the ball, we're really unsafe; we can run, we can do a lot of things".

Injuries aside, Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon expects Boston to be tough.

Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk, But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 seconds left. "I think we gotta not be distracted by all the outside noise, by what people expect us to do or what another team is lacking".

"I think everybody probably thought the game was over with 0.5 (seconds) left", Morris said.

Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws at the 14.8 mark, and then committed his sixth and final foul fighting for a loose ball with Rozier, who made one of two free throws with 13 ticks to go.

After leading by as much as nine points with 4:44 left to play in the game, the Celtics saw their lead cut to two, 86-84, with 2:39 to play in the game following a layup by Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo. With a splint on his shooting hand, the 24-year-old took part in shooting drills on Sunday ahead of Game 1, and sounded optimistic that he'll be back on the hardwood competing sooner rather than later. "Sometimes it might mean taking tough shots and making tough shots". "I'm glad that I was able to go in and finish the game". But consistent defense has been a problem.

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