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With series tied, Bucks take the court in Boston vs. the Celtics for Game 5

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MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks over Aron Baynes #46 of the Boston Celtics during the second half of game three of round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs at the Bradley Center on April 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, April 24 will look to take the lead in their series with the Boston Celtics in Boston.

They’re all big games in a playoff series, but Game 5 will be especially important for the Bucks, who have been unable to win in Boston. On Tuesday, they learned one of the Celtics will be making his return to the court.

Guard Marcus Smart has been medically cleared to return for Game 5. Smart has been out since mid-March with a thumb injury — and the Bucks are prepared for when he takes the court.

“We’ve seen him in games against us, obviously, and we’ve seen other games that he’s been in. Obviously it’s been a while, but we know how he plays. We know how he plays within their system. He’ll definitely add an element for them, but it’s something that we’re aware of. If he does play, we’re prepared for that, and if he doesn’t, obviously we’ve played a few games here without him,” said Joe Prunty, Bucks’ head coach.

On the Bucks’ side, John Henson did not make the trip to Boston. He has been out the last two games for Milwaukee, so this will once again be an opportunity for Thon Maker to continue to shine off the bench for the Bucks.

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