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  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Kyrie Irving delievered 26 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and a pair of 3-pointers as the Celtics bested the Bucks in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Irving got off to a hot start in the first quarter and shifted into more of a facilitator role throughout the day, though he was still able to get his buckets when called upon. Milwaukee missing Malcolm Brogdon is huge here, as not only do they miss his defense, but Irving can basically stand in the corner and "guard" Sterling Brown. If Irving has a full tank to focus on offense, Milwaukee is going to be facing a tough road ahead.

  • Al Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Al Horford was rock solid in Sunday's Game 1 win over the Bucks, dropping 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Horford was about as good as it gets on either end of the floor. He was able to body Giannis Antetokounmpo just enough to allow ample help, preventing the Greek Freak from getting to the rack regularly and making him pay physically whenever he tried. The pick-and-pop game with Kyrie Irving gave the Bucks fits on the other end and Horford is going to be a central figure to Boston's success, as usual.

  • Jaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown went 8-of-14 from the field to deliver 19 points and three 3-pointers in Sunday's Game 1 win over the Bucks.

    Brown was one of several Celtics to have strong shooting days as they went 54.0 percent from the field as a team. Boston shot a little too well from the midrange to expect that sort of number to last, but it's clear that they have an effective gameplan in place to neutralize the Bucks. Brown's hit the jets in the second half of the season and doesn't look to be slowing down in the playoffs.

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward came off the bench for a productive outing in Sunday's Game 1, posting 13 points, four rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Hayward did most of his damage in the first half, helping Boston build up a lead that would prove to be insurmountable despite a late run in the second quarter. If he's found his swagger again it'll make Boston a much tougher out for anyone in the postseason, and it would only add to the Celtics' individual talent advantage in this series.

  • Jayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum was kept quiet in Sunday's Game 1 win, scoring just four points to go with six rebounds, a steal and three blocks.

    Tatum wasn't needed to do much on offense as Boston had four players in double digits, and he finished sixth on the team in shots. We'd expect him to get back to the usual production in Game 2 and beyond, though the Celtics might not want to mess with today's gameplan all that much until Milwaukee forces their hand.

  • Aron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Aron Baynes left Sunday's Game 1 after rolling his left ankle and was unable to return, finishing with four points and a steal in nine minutes.

    Baynes was deemed available to return in the fourth quarter but the Celtics didn't need him to come back with the game comfortably in hand. He gave Boston some solid minutes checking Giannis Antetokounmpo, and his physicality is going to be a key to the effort in slowing down the likely MVP. Marcus Morris, who started in Baynes' place, posted nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

  • Marcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Morris is starting in place of Aron Baynes in Game 1 vs. the Bucks on Sunday.

    This makes sense as Morris is the better perimeter defender so he an Al Horford can switch when it comes to guarding Giannis. Either way, both guys are going to have their hands full with the MVP candidate. Baynes will likely still be in the rotation he's just not as versatile and agile as Morris and the Celtics will need all the help they can get against a Bucks team that looked dominant in round one.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that he doesn't see any way that Marcus Smart (oblique) can return to the floor before he reaches his initial 4-6 week timetable.

    This pours cold water on any dwindling optimism there may have been that the always gritty Smart could return early. Don't plan on him making an appearance, if at all, until a potential Game 6 or 7.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) will miss Sunday's Game 1 against the Bucks, as expected.

    Smart isn't likely to return before the tail end of this series, so this is just some official confirmation rather than a significant update.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    On Friday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge reiterated that Marcus Smart (oblique) would not be available against the Bucks early in the series.

    This isn't surprising at all and we had generally known this information. If the Celtics are lucky, Smart might find time if this series stretches into Games 6 and 7.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Semi Ojeleye - F - Boston Celtics

    Celtics' forward Semi Ojeleye has taken his training up a notch in preparation for his looming battle with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in their upcoming second-round series, and his teammates have noticed.

    Ojeleye hasn't played much this season, but he and the team know that he matches up to Giannis the best physically. If the Celtics want to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, they'll need to get productive minutes from Ojelyeye. Buckle up, this series is going to be exciting.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    On Wednesday Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (torn oblique) is "doing great."

    That's nice, but it's not much of an update. Smart was able to do some light shooting and treadmill work yesterday but we're still not expecting to see him until the tail end of the second round at the earliest. His tenacity and perimeter defense will be missed dearly in Boston's matchup with the Bucks.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Semi Ojeleye - F - Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens played coy and simply said, "He could," when asked if Semi Ojeleye could play more in the upcoming series against the Bucks.

    Ojeleye stepped up in last year's playoff matchup against the Bucks and helped the Celtics win two of the final three games in the series. Ojeleye has length and can be thrown on Giannis Antetokounmpo for stretches, helping out the rest of the forwards. Aron Baynes' playing time would be most at risk as he is not an ideal matchup for this series.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart was able to do some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Smart was able to run on the treadmill before shooting, as he increases his activity level as the day goes on. Smart is looking to return to the Celtics earlier than projected.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter