Milwaukee just got better - Malcolm Brogdon cleared to play in Game 5

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 5/8/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

Not that the Bucks need any help after dismantling the Celtics over the last three games, taking a 3-1 series lead into Wednesday night's Game 5.

Aron Baynes and his Boston Celtics have been knocked out of the NBA Playoffs by Giannis Antetokounmpo's top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 points and George Hill came off the bench to add 16 for Milwaukee.

Irving finished with 15 points on 6-of-21 shooting in Game 5.

It's the first Eastern Conference final for Milwaukee since 2001.

For the Bucks, a bench that has performed spectacularly well in recent games now offers an even greater threat, and one that the Celtics likely would have preferred to avoid as they strive for an improbable comeback.

The Celtics star posted just 15 points with only one assist and three turnovers.

As for his future, Irving said, "I'm going to be honest with you: I'm just trying to get back to Boston first". In the first game, we weren't focused enough.

There's a 'recent sense in Warriors circles' that Kevin Durant might stay
Durant strained his right calf in the third quarter of the Warriors' 104-99 win against the Rockets on Wednesday in Oakland. Kawhi Leonard has been the best player in the East this postseason, so he would give Toronto a chance against Milwaukee.

United States seizes North Korean ship it accuses of violating sanctions
On Thursday, the Wise Honest was in U.S. custody and on its way to American Samoa, the Justice Department said. It's Pyongyang's largest bulk carrier, and the first to be seized by the US for violating sanctions .

Pochettino's dream turns sour as Spurs misfire against Ajax
Spurs were forced to ride their luck - Ajax hit the woodwork while Hugo Lloris made an excellent stop to deny a Van de Beek brace. Harry Kane (injured) and Son Heung-min (suspended) were both missing for Spurs and their absence was felt going forward.

The Celtics' loss eliminated the chance for a "Boston Slam", the possibility of an unprecedented sweep of all four major pro championships in a year.

When did Kyrie Irving, who we must now admit has the makeup to be the flawless New York Knick, decide this wasn't the scene for him and this season's cause wasn't worth the fight?

The news was announced by the team, while further confirmation from head coach Mike Budenholzer was relayed simultaneously as he spoke to the assembled media ahead of Wednesday's game.

"Truth be told, there's no time to be disappointed, you take your lesson, you move on, " he said afterward.

Brogdon traveled with the team to Boston for Games 3 and 4, worked out with the training staff and played 5-on-5.

Melbourne-born Irving struggled in the series against the Bucks, missing 58 of 83 field goals over the past four games - all defeats.

"I think collectively as a group, they outplayed us as a group and I give credit to them because they came after Game 1 getting punched in the mouth and they responded the way a team that deserves to win should". Several players - including Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes - could become unrestricted free agents, while Terry Rozier will hit the restricted free-agent market. The polar opposite of the team that made the conference finals a season ago.

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