Boston Celtics: 5 Takeaways Celebrating the Boston Three Party

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That marks the fourth time in five games that they have hit at least 10 triples.

The Boston Celtics got Marcus Smart back Tuesday night, although they were still without Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis.

Stevens' adjustment gave the Celtics the ability to matchup easier with the small-ball Bucks, allowing the Celtics to hedge on screens while getting back to their man quicker. It hasn't been the greatest series for the talented rookie, who had just four points in the Game 2 win.

While Bledsoe's final line of 16 points, five rebounds and three assists seems fine, it took him 15 shots to get there and his defense was a trainwreck.

BOSTON (AP) - Al Horford has been the Celtics' quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.

Smart came off the bench and played 25 crucial minutes. "You know, one of the strengths of our group is that we have multiple guys that can play multiple positions and, you know, the Bucks had us against the wall". It started in the first half, when he pulled his star for way too long.

Bucks vexed with non-call on Celtics' shot clock violation (read here): Chris Forsberg of ESPN rounded up the reactions of Milwaukee's players to the costly 24-second violation that wasn't called in the game's closing minutes. Middleton scored later and was fouled to get Milwaukee within 84-79, but he failed to complete the three-point play.

Finally, Prunty struggled mightily with rotation decisions in the fourth.

The officials appeared to miss what was an obvious 24-second violation on Boston.

The short explanation is, the situation didn't qualify as a trigger for a replay review. The ball clearly was still on Horford's hand after the timer expired to the point that multiple Bucks stopped playing on the play.

The missed call certainly wasn't the only reason the Bucks lost this game. It was unquestionably a defensive-minded switch, and Ojeleye delivered with 31 strong minutes (5 points on just three shots to go with 7 rebounds). They then got face-to-face and had to be separated. Instead Snell, Dellavadova, Maker and Brogdon combined to shoot 2-for-17 from the floor, including 0-for-12 from 3-point territory.

Again, the Bucks would've had a considerable uphill climb regardless, but the non-call all but buried them.

If just a few of those shots had gone in, the Bucks would not have been in a position where the blown call impacted them as much.

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