Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon set to return for Game 5 against Celtics

Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon set to return for Game 5 against Celtics

Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon set to return for Game 5 against Celtics

Milwaukee, meanwhile, has advanced to the conference finals and will take on either Toronto or Philadelphia.

Irving and Boston's season came to an abrupt end after the Milwaukee Bucks won 116-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Wednesday. Khris Middleton had 19 points and eight rebounds and Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points.

The Bucks could get back another key guard in Malcolm Brogdon, who has been out since March with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. He emerged in the playoffs last year but struggled to find minutes this year and averaged 9.0 points on 22.7 minutes per game.

The Bucks expect him to return to his starting role should they advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Morris still wants more - and felt this team was capable of giving Celtics fans what they wanted this season.

Golden State almost gave it away with an bad third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. From Games 2 through 5, the veteran point guard converted on just 25-of-85 field-goal attempts (30.1 percent) and 7-of-32 shooting from 3-point range (21.8 percent). But we're predicting the superstar has a down game offensively, which means others will need to step up.

The Bucks held the Celtics to an offensive rating of 86 (well below a point per possession) while shooting 31.2 percent for the game, although that was as much about Boston's desire as it was Milwaukee.

Just last week, the Celtics were putting the finishing touches on a surprise Game 1 win that had many in the basketball world questioning if the Bucks were a real contender or just a regular season phenomenon.

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

The greater mystery, and one that will carry into the summer, is whether the free agent-to-be has checked out on the Celtics for good.

"I understand we didn't meet the outside expectations", coach Brad Stevens said.

"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".

Irving's free agency decision could also have permutations on what they do in the trade market.

Related news