What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford heard it all in PHI. During a chat earlier this season, he told me he set out to prove his critics wrong. In a different situation, he knew he could still play at the same level.
“I’ll make sure that I show people,” he said.
Look at him now: theathletic.com/3303049/2022/0…1:45 AM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Al Horford was supposedly washed, OKC got picks to take him, he was great in OKC, OKC got picks to trade him, killing it these playoffs.
CP3 was “washed”, OKC got picks to take him, he was great in OKC, OKC got picks to trade him, killing it these playoffs.
Russ is “washed”… – 12:27 AM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Horford admits a taunt by Giannis earlier in the night got to him: ““I don’t really know what he said to me, but the way that he was looking at me and the way he was going about it really didn’t sit well with me. And I think at that point, something switched with me in the game.” – 11:36 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The only part of the Al Horford trade I don’t like is how some celebrate getting rid of Kemba Walker. I get it, I really do. But man…Kemba was so good for Boston before he messed up his knee. It sucks so much how that whole deal went down for him and the C’s. I love that guy. – 11:18 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on Al Horford: “Al’s been great for the team. He’s been great for me…I remember my rookie year and I was like ‘That’s Al Horford!’ It was great to see someone take care of his body, be a profession for all these years. I’m very fortunate to call Al a teammate.” – 11:11 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo after Game 4 loss to Celtics: “The thing about the playoffs: You win, you feel great, you lose, you feel terrible. … No matter what I feel, emotions are for movies, not for basketball.” – 11:11 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Al Horford on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stare down in Game 4: “I don’t know what he said to me, but the way he was looking at me and the way he was going about it really didn’t sit well with me. At that point, I think some thing switched with me in the game” pic.twitter.com/BuQWFRYZgJ11:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on Marcus Smart: “Marcus was unbelievable tonight. Guarding Jrue. Guarding Giannis. For me, he was the game-changer. People aren’t talking about him enough.” – 11:04 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford on Marcus Smart: “He was the game changer (on defense). People aren’t talking about him enough.” – 11:03 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford said Marcus Smart showed tonight why he’s the Defensive Player of the Year. Said people aren’t talking enough about how unreal Smart was.
“For me that was the game changer.” – 11:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “Last year I was sitting at home, watching the playoffs. I just hoped I’d have this opportunity again.” – 11:03 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on if Giannis Antetokounmpo staring him down got him motivated: “The way he was looking at me and the way he was going about things, it didn’t sit right with me. And yeah, that sort of flipped a switch at that moment.”
Good call @AnnaHorford! You know your brother! – 11:02 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford: “I think we all understood the importance of this game. … I was just really locked in. I understood the moment and what we needed to do as a group.” – 11:00 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on his dunk: “It was just one of those plays. They’ve been closing out. So, I took it and I drove.”
Understatement of the year by Al here. – 10:58 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Marcus Smart said Giannis went over his back, they got tangled, said Giannis did a good job keeping him on the floor, kicked him in the face and when Marcus tried helping him up, he refused. “I just said forget it man.” #Celtics #Bucks10:52 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart said when he and Giannis got tangled up, that Giannis wasn’t exactly trying to accept his help up to make sure they didn’t get back into the play and claims Giannis kicked him in the face – 10:51 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart said Giannis kicked him in the face when they were both tangled on the ground in second half. – 10:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on Al Horford showing so much emotion after his dunk: “It’s rare, but when we do see it, it’s a sight to see.” – 10:49 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart on Al Horford’s emotion after Giannis dunk: “When we do see it, it’s a sight to see.” – 10:48 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart said Al Horford is a “big, big, big, big, big” key for the Celtics. I may have gotten the amount of bigs wrong, but just know he said a lot of bigs. – 10:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on the difference between him and Al Horford as leaders: “(laughs) Especially with me! I’m a little more sporadic (laughs) and he’s usually a lot more calm and cool and not emotional.” – 10:47 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “Man, we love all. The best (teammate) I’ve ever had. … Al, man, he’s been doing it for a very long time. Big, big, big, and I mean it, big.” – 10:47 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “We love Al. He’s one of the best vets we’ve ever had. The best vet I’ve ever had.” – 10:46 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka on the way the Bucks are defending Al Horford: “We can run a pick and pop any time we want and get him a wide open 3.” – 10:22 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on Al Horford: “He’s been great all year, but we really needed him to step up with guys being out…He took that on his shoulders.” – 10:19 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Celtics found opportunities for Al Horford with the way the Bucks were defending in the drop with Brook Lopez. – 10:18 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
4th Quarter:
Horford: 16 points, 6-6 FG, 2 Reb, 0 TO
Giannis: 10 points, 3-7 FG, 1 Reb, 2 TO
35-year-old Horford posted a playoff career high, tied his most pts ever in a quarter, and spearheaded a franchise record for pts in a 4th quarter.
Against best player in the world. pic.twitter.com/90bkd4suZk10:18 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
The Celtics scored 41 points when Al Horford set a screen in the pick-and-roll, per @SecondSpectrum. Horford set a season-high 28 screens tonight that led to a shot, foul, or turnover, so that’s an incredible 1.4 points per screen. Maybe we’ll see the Bucks switch it in Game 5. – 10:16 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Every title team gets a game or two like the Celtics just got from Horford.
The Bucks got 33 out of Brook Lopez without Giannis in Game 5 of the ECFs. Rondo had 21 and 9 in Game 3 vs. Houston in 2020. If Boston wins it all, we’ll look back on this game as a big reason why. – 10:13 PM

Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Al Horford shot 6-for-6 in the 4th quarter.
That is the most made shots without a miss in the 4th quarter of a playoff game by a Celtics player over the last 25 years. – 10:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 116-108. Series tied 2-2
Horford – 30/8/3
Tatum – 30/13/5
Brown – 18 points
Smart – 18 points, 8 assists
Celtics – 50% FGs
Celtics – 14-37 3Ps
Celtics – 11 TOs
Giannis – 34/18/5
Lopez – 17 points
Holiday – 16/7/9/3
Matthews – 12 points
Bucks – 41.5% FGs – 10:08 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Gritty win for Boston. Second straight game the Celtics fall behind by double-digits in the third. This time they complete a fourth quarter comeback. 30 points for Horford. 30 for Tatum. Boston reclaims home court. – 10:07 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
The Horford Game!!!!! Shout out to Derrick White — valuable stuff tonight. They needed one bench guy to show up without Rob W. Best of 3 feels like the right outcome for this series, right? – 10:06 PM
Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Horford with an Angels in the Outfield type performance and Tatum finally stepping up late – both as good/better than Giannis down the stretch. Don’t like it! – 10:06 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Felt like the Bucks missed Middleton tonight more than ever. No release for Giannis and he was gassed in the end. Celtics pulled away. Hard to see even him being able to keep this up. – 10:06 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Will be interesting to see how much Boston goes back to this one-big lineup when R. Williams comes back. Sacrifices some size/rebounding/defense, but opens up the offense some and forces some tough choices on who Giannis guards/MIL lineups. – 10:06 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Down double digits in the second half. Without Jaylen Brown due to foul trouble. Missing Robert Williams. On the road against the defending champions.
The Celtics still tie the series. Because Al Horford. – 10:06 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
The Celtics are 15-of-18 from the field in the fourth quarter. Tatum and Horford are a combined 11-of-12. 39 points for the Celtics in the quarter and it looks like this one is over.
Celtics up, 112-102, with 1:27 left. – 10:01 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
This Al Horford game is such a reminder of the importance of player context.
We thought he was washed in Philly. He proved he wasn’t in OKC. Boston was the team that noticed. Every GM in the league should be looking for similar situations this offseason. – 9:59 PM
Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
What a turnaround. WOW. Horford just enormous. The analytics love Lopez defense too 🙄. Gotta love the big lugs standin in front of rim while stretch bigs wear em out. Took Bud way too long. – 9:58 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
The Celtics should just guarantee the $26.5M partially guaranteed 2022/23 contract for Al Horford after this game. – 9:55 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Give Al Horford every single flower, man. Dude went from being cap dumped two years ago to posting an all-timer to save a possible championship season. He honestly feels underpaid lol. Time to start prepping that extension, Brad. – 9:55 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
What kinda game is Al Horford having?
Last Celtic, 35+, to score 30 in a playoff game was Allen, 32 at NY in 2011. That’s the record for a Celtic 35 or older. – 9:54 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And there’s an offensive foul on Antetokounmpo. Tried the slow-mo euro step, but couldn’t get around Smart.
Bucks down, 103-96, with four minutes left. – 9:53 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jayson Tatum taking advantage of Al Horford’s big night now. He’s getting some space to work with. – 9:52 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Reclaiming Horford may very well be the Celtics’ greatest afterthought in team history is it too late to bring back Billups? – 9:50 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
al horford has 29 points on 14 shots, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, is +13, and spent long stretches guarding giannis.
his previous playoff career high is 26 points, three times. his actual career high is 34, twice with the hawks – 9:50 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Marcus Smart made about three attempts to help Giannis up after the two got tangled up on the floor. Unable to lift Giannis, Smart waved a hand at him and ran the other way. – 9:47 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
On one end Smart and Giannis are trying to unwrap themselves to help each other up. On the other end, Horford gets a monster and-one as he is laid out on the floor. This series has been completely insane – 9:47 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Marcus Smart and Giannis Antetokounmpo were down on the ground for the entire offensive possession. No foul called. They just sort of laid on each other.
Horford scores again on the other end in the 4-on-4 possession and the Celtics lead, 97-94, with 5:09 left. – 9:47 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Well, this was crazy, while the #Celtics push the ball up the floor, Smart and Giannis get tangled and basically just stay here on the floor. Horford gets an and 1 in the meantime. BOS 97, MIL 94 – 9:47 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Odd play. Smart and Giannis tangled and just stayed down together the entire possession.
Meanwhile, Horford just crushes souls and converts a 3-point play while they wait. – 9:46 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Giannis has been gassed by the middle of the fourth quarter in this series pretty much every game. If the Celtics can get some side to side movement they can actually take advantage – 9:45 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo is absolutely gassed.
Tatum fell down after his bucket. Bucks had a 5-on-4 advantage and Antetokounmpo really had to convince himself to go to the rack. Managed to hit the flip shot, plus the foul though. – 9:45 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Al Horford is playing the best basketball of his career and George Hill is making veteran, winning plays.
And yet, those were only like the 8th and 40th biggest mistakes of the Process era. – 9:40 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I mean…I really like Alperen Sengun, but I’d do the Al Horford trade again if I was Boston. Maybe it’s just me. – 9:40 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
This is Al Horford’s second straight game with over 20 points.
Prior to Games 3 and 4, he didn’t score over 20 in any of his previous 30 playoff games dating back to 2018. – 9:40 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
I’ve never seen Al Horford this effective or aggressive as a jump shooter as he’s been in these playoffs. Up to 24 points, 9-12 from the field. – 9:39 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday is now 5-for-20 after that last stepback jumper. Opted against throwing it to Lopez, who had Tatum switched on him to attack one-on-one.
And the Bucks are down, 88-85, after another 3 from Al Horford with 8:01 left. – 9:38 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Once again, Al Horford has been the Celtics’ best player and they are somehow winning again. Playoff Al is eternal. – 9:38 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
They called Horford for that, after the leeway they have been giving Giannis all series? That’s roughhhhhhhhhhh for Boston – 9:37 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Al Horford receives a dead ball technical after the dunk on Antetokounmpo. Jrue Holiday will get that free throw before Horford tries to complete the three-point play. – 9:34 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If that is a Flagrant 1 on Horford, and maybe it should be, but what are the 100x a game when that happens when Giannis drives? – 9:33 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Al Horford returns the favor on Giannis Antetokounmpo in terms of the dunk — but Horford’s left elbow caught Antetokounmpo in the face on the way down.
Play is under review. – 9:32 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
7-0 run from the Celtics, punctuated with an Al Horford dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo. And this game is tied at 80 with 9:51 left.
And they’re reviewing an elbow from Horford on the follow-through that went near Antetokounmpo’s face. – 9:32 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The Celtics came back MUCH faster in this fourth quarter, so maybe there will be a little extra time for Horford’s tip-in this time. – 9:31 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Celtics have been conceding switches on Giannis these past two games, when does Udoka decide to just fight through whatever soft screen Bucks send their way and keep Horford or Grant on Giannis even if they give up a little bit of an angle? Giannis is killing the mismatches. – 9:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks lead 80-73 after three
Tatum – 18/11/3
Brown – 16 points
Horford – 14 points
Celtics – 40% FGs
Celtics – 10-32 threes
Celtics – 10 TOs
Giannis – 28/16/3
Holiday – 15/6/4/3
Matthews – 9 points
Bucks – 39.4% FGs
Bucks – 6-21 threes
Bucks – 6 TOs
Bucks – 11 ORs – 9:28 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
One thing to keep watching for on Giannis FTs in this series : Lopez is just forklifting dudes into the baseline, so on Giannis misses Bucks are getting awesome ORB position. – 9:27 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
the playoff failures definitely played a big part in making giannis who he is today but that finals against the suns took his mind to a different place. the unwavering belief he has that he WILL overwhelm opponents with his relentlessness is so special to watch. – 9:14 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And there is the Bucks’ biggest lead tonight on an Antetokounmpo floater. Bucks up, 76-65, with 3:13 left in the third quarter. GA with 28/16.
I’m not quite sure how to describe that move he made running down the floor. A shimmy jog, perhaps? Either way, he’s feeling himself. – 9:14 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
No matter how you feel about the officiating (I think it has been rough), the Celtics 1) can’t keep having empty offensive possessions and 2) canNOT keep letting these Giannis switches happen. – 9:12 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Part of why Giannis consistently gets a good whistle is because he is so big, strong, athletic and agile.
But I don’t think it hurts that he is a superstar who rarely whines and complains to the officials. Refs are human. – 9:11 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That’s a rough time for the Celtics to give up an offensive rebound putback. Brook Lopez tips it home over the top of Daniel Theis. This place is loud. Then Grant Williams fouls Giannis in the bonus on a chase for a board at the other end. Celtics very much in the danger zone. – 9:11 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Giannis putting a lid on the rim again tonight. C’s have had a couple quick system buckets to get to the basket, but when Giannis is there they ain’t scoring on him. – 9:10 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Four fouls now on Jaylen Brown – who probably shouldn’t be on Giannis Antetokounmpo as much as he has been. #Celtics need to figure that out to keep their star on the court.
#Bucks lead 59-53 and Brown heads to the bench. – 8:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
For the love of all that is holy, stop switching Brown onto Giannis. It’s been a mess for Boston all series long. And now he’s out with four fouls. – 8:57 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown has four fouls now after that Giannis drive and heads to the bench. Time for Tatum to takeover if the Celtics are going to survive this. – 8:56 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
that giannis drive was so nasty man that should be all we’re talking about but tony brothers said LOOK AT ME – 8:56 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Giannis (17 points, 13 rebounds early in the third) has been a beast but he has to know he is doing Boston a favor every time he pulls up from three. – 8:55 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
Get Giannis out of this league!!! A snarl?! After a dunk!? Directed at an opponent!? There is no place for that in the NBA. – 8:55 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Whoa. Giannis Antetokounmpo explodes at the rim with a dunk on Al Horford in transition and Tony Brothers hits him with a technical for the staredown afterwards. – 8:54 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks lead 48-47 at the half
Brown – 11 points
Horford – 11 points
Tatum – 9 points
Celtics – 40% FGs
Celtics – 6-21 threes
Celtics – 7 TOs
Giannis – 15/11/2
Connaughton – 8 points
Holiday – 7 points
Bucks – 35.3% FGs
Bucks – 5-17 threes
Bucks – 4 TOs
Bucks – 10 ORs – 8:37 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The Celtics trail 48-47 at the half. Tatum has been great on the boards (7), but he’s 3/8 shooting with most of those misses being open or lightly contested. Horford, Brown (11 pts each ) and Smart (7 pts, 4 assists, 2 blocks) have kept the C’s in the game. – 8:36 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
All eight #Bucks who have played have at least one basket, which is good. Team is just 5-for-17 from behind the three-point line, which is not so good.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only one in double figures at the break with 15 points. – 8:35 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Bucks 48, Celtics 47
– Antetokounmpo 15pts/11reb
– Connaughton 8pts/4reb
– Holiday 7pts/3reb/4ast – 8:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Marcus Smart tried picking Giannis Antetokounmpo up in the back court and took himself off the dribble by grabbing his mouth – which gave Antetokounmpo space to sling it to Pat Connaughton for a three. – 8:31 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
In the first round, when Giannis sat, Bucks got a ton of mileage out of posting up Lopez. They’ve gone to it very rarely here in the second round. – 8:26 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Bucks 8 for their last 26 (31%).
Giannis has 15-10 but the Celtics have come from 10 down to lead 43-40 with 2:38 left in the first half. – 8:26 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Smart has been great on Giannis in this quarter. Not letting him get through in iso and helping well when switched off. Celtics doing a nice job sending help early when Jaylen gets the switch. – 8:20 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The #Celtics have a slim 34-33 lead here in the second quarter, after a 3-ball from Al Horford who has been the most consistent player for the C’s in this series and the best player for Boston in this game, with 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting. – 8:16 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
And the Celtics have their first lead of the game as Al Horford hits another open 3 off a quick pick-and-pop against the Bucks’ drop coverage. – 8:13 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics should probably just start running all their offense through Al Horford the way he’s looked in this series. – 8:10 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Apropos to BOS-MIL, I laughed out loud during last night’s “Barry” when NoHo Hank referred to Barry as “the Greek Freak of assassins.” AK – 8:09 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
C’s need to look back to the pop man on these PnRs. Horford is on fire, so if they get to the foul line with their man chasing should be able to toss it back out for a 3. – 8:06 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Celtics are doing a solid job with their half court defense but their defensive rebounding has been atrocious. Grant gets a stop on Giannis at the rim and nobody is able to get in the air to fight the shooter for the rebound – 8:06 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Bucks up 25-18 after 1Q. Tatum has the same number of made baskets (2) as personal fouls. Giannis has 6 points, 5 rebounds. Jrue Holiday has 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. – 8:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks lead 25-18 after one
Horford – 7 points
Brown – 5 points
Tatum – 4 points
Celtics – 36.4% FGs
Celtics – 2-9 threes
Celtics – 5 TOs
Giannis – 6 points
Holiday – 5 points
Allen – 4 points
Bucks – 35.7% FGs
Bucks – 3-9 threes
Bucks – 3 TOs
Bucks – 6 offensive rebounds – 8:02 PM
Steve Aschburner @AschNBA
Thought it was established in Game 3 that Jaylen Brown iso’d on D vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo is not ideal for the Celtics. Just got a refresher, though, as Greek Freak’s blow-by and slam closes scoring in 1Q.
Milwaukee 25, Boston 18. – 8:02 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After one quarter, the Bucks lead, 25-18. Antetokounmpo with 6pts/5reb in the first quarter.
Advanced Stats
OffRtg: 100.0
DefRtg: 72.0
Net Rtg: +28.0
ORB%: 38.9%
DRB%: 85.3% – 8:02 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen has Giannis on the wing with Horford helping middle, so naturally, he lets Giannis blow by baseline away from the help. It’s a miracle the Celtics are only down 7 with the number of good Bucks looks they gave up early that rimmed out. – 8:01 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Bucks are doing a really good job of getting Giannis switched onto a smaller wing. Setting screens with Connaughton/Allen to get to Jaylen Brown … and Giannis is just overpowering him. 25-18, Bucks after one. – 8:01 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Clear off arm push on Tatum, followed by clear off-arm push on Giannis. Two of the guys who get away with that the most in the league, love the calls. – 8:00 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Horford and Grant can’t pick up fouls on screens.
The Grant one was garbage, as the replay clearly showed Matthews pulling him down, but Grant can’t move after setting the pick.
Horford was made about his too, but he dropped the shoulder pretty good into Matthews. – 7:46 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Al Horford was pretty pissed off about that illegal screen call. He was giving it to Tony Brothers pretty good as the timeout was called. – 7:44 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford and Grant Williams have both picked up offensive fouls, which is not something Celtics can afford on a night where they are already down a big. – 7:44 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo got open corner 3s for Grayson Allen and Wesley Matthews on back-to-back possessions.
They missed both. And then Jayson Tatum comes down and throws down a dunk on Brook Lopez. Bucks still up, 8-4, though. – 7:42 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This review aside…
Boston has to stop switching Brown on Giannis. Giannis has dominated that matchup so far in this series. – 7:38 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jaylen Brown stayed down on the court for a bit covering his face after initially being called for a foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The foul is now being reviewed. – 7:36 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Grant Williams picks up a moving screen 1:21 into the first. Without Robert Williams, even more important for Grant to stay out of foul trouble. He’ll be in enough danger guarding Giannis as much as he does. – 7:35 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Looking forward to seeing how Jayson Tatum deals with Wesley Matthews’ defense tonight.
And to see if Giannis can get some relief from his shooters, especially Grayson Allen, who got some good cardio in Saturday afternoon – 7:21 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 4:
Al Horford
Grant Williams
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Bucks starters:
Brook Lopez
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Wesley Matthews
Grayson Allen
Jrue Holiday – 7:03 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Bucks – Fiserv Forum – May 9, 2022 – Game 4 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, G. Williams
Milwaukee – Jrue Holiday, Wes Matthews, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
OUT: Boston: R. Williams, Hauser Milwaukee: Middleton pic.twitter.com/Du9PWIjZGU7:03 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
My guesses for Rob-less Celtics tonight:
-Theis plays, but ideally when Giannis is off the floor
-Someone else gets in the mix. Nesmith? Kornet? Won’t be Hauser because he’s out.
-Big game from Tatum. He’s beyond due.
-Repeat of G2: TOs are under control = better transition D – 7:02 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Worth noting: Smart/Brown/Tatum/G. Williams/Horford lineup already has played most minutes of any Celtics unit in this series entering Game 4 (29) – 6:40 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
Grant might be an upgrade in this matchup and should start. Also, Theis probably shouldn’t play if Giannis is on the floor. – 6:09 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Both Embiid and Jokic were awesome this season
Giannis is the best basketball player on the planet. – 3:59 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Nikola Jokic is a deserving MVP candidate. Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo were also deserving candidates. It should be fun when we have so many MVP-caliber players in the league at the same time. That’s all I got – 12:33 PM
Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
had little interest in the MVP debates along the way and no interest in the outrage after the fact, especially when we knew the likely results a month ago. Jokic is amazing. Embiid is also amazing. Giannis, get this, is also STILL AMAZING. basketball is in a great place, y’all – 11:53 AM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Only 3 players are averaging more points a night this postseason than Jimmy Butler
Luka Doncic
Nikola Jokic (smaller sample size)
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 11:52 AM

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