Warriors take series lead, Bucks eliminate Celtics

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Terry Rozier let his Celtics teammates have it Wednesday after their 116-91 Game 5 loss to the Bucks.

"I love this. I do", Kerr said. "The effort and the energy when we check into the game". This is Kyrie Irving we are talking about, and he's coming in talking about disrupting us.

The top-seeded Bucks placed seven players in double figures in their fourth straight win after dropping the series opener.

Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe had 18 points, six rebounds and two assists in the win.

The Bucks will be paired with the victor of the Philadelphia 76ers - Toronto Raptors matchup which is now ongoing. The Warriors outscored Houston 57-39 combined in the first quarters of Games 1 and 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Despite being the favorites to make it out of the Eastern Conference this season, the Boston Celtics were blown out in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks in just five games. At this point, we obviously understand the X's and O's. That's all we care about. One of the questions a lot of people will undoubtedly have on their mind is the speculation of where Kyrie Irving will play next year.

Prior to the clinching win, several Bucks took turns speaking to the team.

George Hill led the charge with 11 points in the period. A superstar who was capable of dropping 30 points and dishing out 10 assists on any given night.

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The Bucks have gone 27-14 away from home. Jayson Tatum has struggled. Milwaukee never saw Boston get closer than five the rest of the way. "They just didn't fall for us". At the end of the day, really, you have to give Milwaukee credit.

Antetokounmpo picked up his third foul when Jaylen Brown drove to the hoop early in the second half, but he stayed in the game.

Green was shaken up when Harden inadvertently knocked him in the head on the follow through after he made a 3-pointer that put Houston up 71-59 with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Greek giant Giannis Antetokounmpo has had no trouble in this series delivering big points for the Bucks, who will be making their first appearance in the final four since 2001.

"Two very key sequences in that game, two key shots for us", Green said. Boston averages 44.6 rebounds per game and is 25-6 when out-rebounding opponents.

Irving praised the Bucks after the game, and didn't do much to tamp down free agency speculation.

"I'm sure he'll receive a lot of criticism this summer, and maybe rightfully so", Hill said about his fellow Duke alum, "and not just his play, he didn't look into it tonight even though he took 21 shots, but just his leadership, his press conferences, he's been indifferent, he's been disengaged". "We rode a roller coaster most of the year". But he was 7 for 22 from the floor, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range. Antetokounmpo also found time for eight rebounds and a game-high eight assists.

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. We'll check in again on futures prices once the conference finals are set. Boston saw the return of Marcus Smart, who had been out since April 8 when he suffered a torn oblique, in Game 4 but he was a non-factor. Both exchanged pats on the back after Smart got up.