Trail Blazers edge Nuggets, Giannis inspires Bucks at Celtics

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In their first game at TD Garden since the death of the legendary John Havlicek, the Celtics asked the sellout crowd to take a moment to honor the eight-time champion.

Ok, so it's not necessarily the Battle of Winterfell, but the Milwaukee Bucks should still fear the return of the injured Boston Celtics guard, if he is able to make an appearance during their second-round playoff series.

The image Stevens described actually happened twice in the Bucks' 40-point third quarter.

Health always takes precedence over the outcome of a game.

Malcolm Brogdon will not be on the floor Friday.

Now that the series is in Boston, there could be some shifts in the dynamics of how these next two games are played.

While the Blazers were up 138-136, Nuggets' All-Star big man Nikola Jokic missed one free-throw to tie the game, leading to a Blazers win.

"I think basketball does wear on your body but I think overall it's important for guys who are retired to, you know, to keep a type of awareness on their body and the health on their body the way they do when they're playing".

Tuesday night, Antetokounmpo made quicker and better decisions while driving against Boston's physical, double-teaming defense.

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PRESSURE IS ON: The Bucks' supporting cast.

"I just came into Game 2 with the mindset of being aggressive and making the right plays", he said.

Portland leads, 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN.

Nuggets: Denver was 3-1 over the Blazers in the regular season. Their last home loss was March 7 in overtime to Oklahoma City. The Bucks' offense went from an offensive rating of 115.2 at home to 111.7 on the road during the regular season. The Blazers are a four-point favourite.

Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets.

There was something so predictable about Game 2. And in each of the three games, a dominant third quarter has turned the game.

Torrey Craig was also day-to-day but started for Denver, wearing a clear mask after his nose was bloodied in Wednesday's game. He wore a clear mask after bloodying his nose in the second quarter.

Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but said afterward he re-injured his left shoulder — originally hurt in Game 5 against the Thunder.