Boston Celtics: 4 takeaways from pivotal Game 5 victory

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Marcus Smart
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Marcus Smart /
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(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

A questionable call

With the shot clock running down, Al Horford launched that missed shot. Ojeleye tapped it out, allowing the C’s to waste some more time. There was just one small problem. Horford didn’t get the shot off on time.

It’s pretty simple. The Celtics got a break. Bucks fans deserve to be mad, but what is in the past is in the past. These types of plays happen all the time.

In fact, one just happened in Game 4. Jaylen Brown was clearly fouled with the ball up one. It was not called, the ball was turned over, and the Bucks hit a three that basically won them the game.

In this situation, the Celtics were up two possessions and the Bucks even had a chance at a rebound. I’m not here to tell you which one was worse, but both of these plays happened and both were called wrong on the court. It happens, and you move on. They couldn’t be overturned in the moment and they can’t be changed now.

Better luck next time.

What to expect in Game 6

I hate to be so confident, but I can’t hide my true feelings. I think the Celtics take this in 6 and finish this series off in Milwaukee. It would be fitting to win in 6, considering all the “Bucks in 6” chants and it would be especially great to quiet a road crowd.

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With the Semi Ojeleye strategy in place and Marcus Smart back, look for the Boston Celtics to limit Milwaukee to under 100 points again. Thon Maker’s 15 minutes are over and Eric Bledsoe had his OK two game stretch. Khris Middleton is due for a miserable game. Everything will come up green and the starters will be on the bench by the midway point of the 4th quarter.

Thursday can’t come soon enough.