Al Horford on Giannis Antetokounmpo: The way he was looking at me didn't sit right with me

Al Horford on Giannis Antetokounmpo: The way he was looking at me didn't sit right with me

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Al Horford on Giannis Antetokounmpo: The way he was looking at me didn't sit right with me

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Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
One last note from Monday’s “Al Horford Game” as it will forever be remembered…
It was the 100th playoff win for the Celtics in the last 15 years. No NBA team has played, or won more playoff games in that span.
In the previous 15 years, Boston won a total of 18 playoff games. pic.twitter.com/AzfGbO94iQ4:00 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Postgame podcast now up on YouTube. Should be hitting audio feeds shortly.
– Al Horford was awesome
– Celtics got to attacking
– Why I think this series is over
You can watch the show from Fiserv Forum here: https://t.co/v4FLJyUSmC pic.twitter.com/gpzo6vmbaH2:56 AM

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
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk ignites Al Horford, who carried the C’s to a series-changing win
bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/05/10/gia…1:35 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
– Warriors escape Game 4
– Dillon Brooks’ epic performance
– Al Horford’s career night
– Jayson Tatum delivers
– One of the worst bad beats ever
– Avs good
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Join us!⬇️
youtube.com/watch?v=NYuBkz…12:43 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
BSJ Game 4 Report: Celtics 116, Bucks 108 – Horford, Tatum bury Bucks down the stretch to reclaim home court
bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/05/10/bsj…12:37 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
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Al Horford and Steven Adams being difference makers in today’s games is my perfect doubleheader – 11:59 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New from @SouichiTerada and I: Al Horford revealed what Giannis did that helped fuel his dominant performance: masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…11:41 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Poster on Giannis? ✅
Playoff career high? ✅
Team record for 4th quarter points? ✅
How Al Horford stared down the best player in the world to power the Celtics to a crucial Game 4 road win.
✍️ @Ananth Pandian
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/al…11:38 PM
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
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Al Horford said Giannis’ staring him down after dunking on him, “did not sit well” with him. So Big Al responded with a 30-point game, a dunk on the Greek Freak and most important, a Boston Celtics​ victory to even up the series at two games apiece.fullcourtpress.bulletin.com/staring-down-b…11:33 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
At @TheAthletic: Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Al Horford each score 30 en route to Game 4 win over Bucks
Includes some quick analysis from me on how the Bucks grab Game 5. theathletic.com/news/celtics-w…11:27 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
With Rob Williams ruled out just before tip, Al Horford stepped up to show that Playoff Al is forever. theathletic.com/news/celtics-w…11:21 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
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Al Horford turns back the clock, scores 30, sparks Celtics past Bucks to even series 2-2 nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/09/al-…11:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on Al Horford’s dunk: “When Al is playing with passion like that, everyone has to follow.” – 11:12 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
Lori Nickel @LoriNickel
When @Giannis Antetokounmpo 😤 made a face at Al Horford – and earned a tech – it didn’t sit well with Horford.
He wasn’t sure what exactly Giannis said.
But it flipped a switch in Horford. pic.twitter.com/FvPJke0HeD11:04 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
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Al Horford says Giannis staring him down earlier in the game lit something inside him. “Something switched with me” – 11:02 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Horford on after Giannis dunked on him stared and then talked trash: “I didn’t make out what he said, but the way he looked at me didn’t sit well with me. That got me going.” #Celtics #Bucks11:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “We did whatever it took. It was one of those kinds of nights. Whatever it takes.” – 11:00 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
More from Al Horford on his dunk: “It was a big play, obviously. Emotional for our group.” – 10:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “Smart kept talking in the huddle and just told us to stick with it. There was a lot of emotion.” – 10:59 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Horford on his dunk: “It was a big play obviously, emotional for our group. A lot of emotions at that point.” #Celtics #Bucks10:59 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
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “That’s the best vet I’ve ever had.” – 10:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “Al…man…we love Al. He’s the best vet we’ve ever had.” – 10:46 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis is 15-49 (30.6%) when guarded by Horford this series.
He is 35-65 (53.8%) when guarded by any other Celtic. pic.twitter.com/82fx23v13t10:22 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
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
If Horford had these 4 games back in 2008, the hawks would’ve upset the Celtics in that series – 10:21 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 on Al Horford: “We know we can get him a certain shot every time. We need him to be extremely aggressive.” – 10:18 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

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka on Al Horford: “We know we can get him a certain shot any time.” – 10:18 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Al Horford: “We told him to be extremely aggressive.” – 10:17 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka on Al Horford: “We needed a big game from him.” – 10:17 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Tatum and Horford lead Boston to the road win over the Bucks
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…10:16 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
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Horford flaunts the quickest long distance release of any center I can think of. Anyone name someone quicker? – 10:12 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Missed free throws this playoffs:
36 — Giannis
31 — Celtics pic.twitter.com/e9R3F9fe5W10:09 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
StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis in the loss:
34 PTS
18 REB
5 AST
He leads this playoffs in points, rebounds and +/-. pic.twitter.com/UdCGxkSAuJ10:07 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Jaylen Brown hated this neck squeeze from Giannis 🤣 pic.twitter.com/MFPp6wrR5310:07 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics come back for a stirring 116-108 win, tie series at 2-2. Horford 30, Tatum 30, Brown 18, Smart 18, White 11, GWilliams 9; Antetokounmpo 34, Lopez 17, Holiday 16. – 10:07 PM
Kent Bazemore @24Bazemore
Al Horford is a winner! – 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
StatMuse @statmuse
4Q points:
28 — Tatum and Horford
28 — Bucks pic.twitter.com/bGBTJ8SE9p10:06 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
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Giannis looks like he just won a ring. Exhausted. – 10:06 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Al Horford tonight:
30 PTS (playoff career high)
8 REB
11-14 FG
5-7 3P
+20
He has 52 points and 24 rebounds in his last 2 games. pic.twitter.com/nQYBzN0Tjv10:05 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Celtics centers – Robert ‘Time Lord’ Williams and Al ‘Time Machine’ Horford – 10:04 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
For kids unfamiliar with Horford’s long history, he was a Florida great in the late 80s. – 10:02 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
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Jaylen Brown talking crazy to Giannis for literally the most normal foul of the series. 😂😂 – 10:01 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Oldest Celtic with 30 points in a playoff game:
1. John Havlicek (37 years old)
2. Al Horford (35 years old) pic.twitter.com/9JiWRCgaP610:01 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nah why Giannis grab the back of Jaylen Brown neck like that – 10:01 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Giannis is absolutely spent – 10:00 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo now has five fouls with 1:27 to play and the #Celtics up 112-102. – 10:00 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen didn’t like that foul on his dunk attempt by Giannis and rebuffed any apologies with a “Get your hand off me” look. #Celtics #Bucks10:00 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
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
It feels like the points gap between Tatum and Horford is a lot larger than two, but here we are. – 9:57 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Jayson Tatum channeling the spirit of Al Horford – 9:55 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
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
well that’s game, the al horford 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
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Horford making a statement after today’s MVP snub. – 9:54 PM
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
30 for Tatum I was totally expecting..Al horford? Not so much – 9:54 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Horford has tied his career high for points in any quarter (reg season or playoffs) with 16. Still 4 minutes left
https://t.co/ZKxDPbyLPd pic.twitter.com/k7I4fytNGf9:53 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No idea why Brown just left Giannis there, but Smart was waiting there for a whole day. – 9:53 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
good time to note that udoka put smart on giannis at the start of the third quarter – 9:53 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Offensive foul on Giannis. He’s exhausted like Clubber Lang in the second Rocky fight. #Celtics #Bucks9:53 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Thought Sixers were 3 years late on Horford but they were just 3 years early – 9:52 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Giannis about to check back in # – 9:51 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Al Horford: the Chic Freak – 9:51 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks trying to spell Giannis Antetokounmpo out of this timeout. – 9:51 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This is Al Horford’s 132nd career postseason game … and the first in which he has scored 30 points – 9:50 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Giannis is on the #Bucks bench after the timeout. He looked exhausted. – 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
Dan Favale @danfavale
al horford on his way to fiserv forum tonight pic.twitter.com/TykzgJmbmv9:49 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Al Horford reopening the Highlight Factory tonight – 9:49 PM
Lori Nickel @LoriNickel
Smart and Antetokounmpo get tangled up for a bit and crash.
As likeable or as friendly @Giannis Antetokounmpo is and can be, though, he never ever assists anyone in getting up after an entanglement.
He ghosts that guy immediately.
Competitive or refocusing on next play.
Smart is like 😑 pic.twitter.com/GqNqaXupU59:49 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford’s line with 5:09 left: 11 for 14, 5 for 7 from 3, 29 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block.
Dominant. – 9:48 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
My bald spot has found a new role model: Al Horford. – 9:48 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
29 points for Horford and a free throw coming. His previous playoff career high was 26 – 9:48 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Welcome to the #NBAPlayoffs Al Horford. – 9:47 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
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
AL HORFORD!! – 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
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Al Horford going nuts – 9:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Horford looks exhausted, but he’s playing the best game of his life. – 9:47 PM
Tyrese Haliburton @TyHaliburton22
Horford goin CRAZY – 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
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Best playoff game of Al Horford’s career and it’s not even close. – 9:46 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Giannis looks exhausted. – 9:46 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford is touching God. – 9:46 PM
Rob Peterson @ShotDrJr
Giannis looks as if he’s gonna barf – 9:45 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
It’s hard to beat Prime Giannis when 35-year-old Al Horford is your best player. – 9:45 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
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Giannis is unbelievable!!!! – 9:44 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Smart drive by Tatum to Giannis side knowing Giannis is tired and saving himself on defense now – 9:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a pass by Giannis. – 9:42 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Bucks plays this 4th quarter:
1) “Giannis, just go.”
2) “Brook, dont move.” – 9:42 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
al horford to the bucks: pic.twitter.com/gYDypA7COf9:41 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Is this Al Horford’s best game since he “only” had 18 in the 2007 national championship game vs. Ohio State? – 9:41 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Al Horford picked up a questionable technical foul after his massive dunk on Giannis masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…9:40 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Giannis needs help in the 4th to get this W. Looks gassed. – 9:40 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
marc gasol pls go on the al horford fitness plan and come back to the raps – 9:40 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
Abby Chin @tvabby
Where would the #Celtics be without Al Horford?!? Not only in this series, but this entire season!! – 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
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Remember when we wondered if they’d pick up Horford’s guarantee next year? That was fun. – 9:40 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
This Horford rejuvenation (not even the right word–he looks better now than he did in his prime) is absolutely ridiculous – 9:40 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Looking back, Al Horford might have been able to help the Thunder … – 9:39 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
This Al Horford renaissance is about as unexpected of a playoff outburst, in a huge spot, that I can remember. – 9:39 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
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Fountains of youth want to dip themselves in Al Horford. – 9:39 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Al Horford for Kemba and the 16th pick… I’d do that trade again! – 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
Dan Favale @danfavale
al horford is 35 going on 26 – 9:38 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Al Horford has 24 points. #Celtics lead the #Bucks 88-85 with 8:01 to go in regulation. – 9:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Horford. Unreal. – 9:38 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
This is one of the best games Al Horford has played, ever. – 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
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
I thought last game was the Horford game. This game is the Horford game. Sheesh. – 9:38 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Holy Al Horford – 9:38 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford, my goodness. – 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
Dan Favale @danfavale
that al horford technical should’ve been attributed to gravity – 9:36 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Salute to Al Horford for tying the game up twice on the same possession. – 9:35 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Al Horford tried to tell him pic.twitter.com/mNx43Qjph29:35 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
i still can’t believe al horford showed that much emotion on a basketball court. – 9:34 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Giannis must become bored to take jump shots versus going to the hoop. No other explanation for it! – 9:34 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
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Technical foul on Horford after the review for the contact to Giannis face. – 9:33 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
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Al Horford deal will go down as one of the more underrated trades in Celtics history – 9:33 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
The Sixers are gonna give Horford another 100 mil – 9:33 PM
Lori Nickel @LoriNickel
Al Horford was fired up after making this but Giannis stayed on the floor for a second. Hit to the chin? pic.twitter.com/sWVnny3a8U9:32 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
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Al Horford got it back in blood – 9:32 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Al Horford? Al Horford!! – 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
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
Forget @TB12sports stuff I want what al horford is apparently on! – 9:32 PM
Zach Kram @zachkram
Al Horford’s been the best Celtic this series, and it hasn’t been all that close – 9:32 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
They’re going to review this for any contract Horford made after the dunk. He knocks Giannis in the face and it’s likely going to be flagrant. #Celtics #Bucks9:32 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
guarantee al horford’s salary for next season right now, celtics – 9:32 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Did old man Al Horford just dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo like that!? Dude. – 9:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
HOLY AL HORFORD! – 9:31 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Oh boy, Horford just dunked on Giannis and let the world hear about it. #Celtics #Bucks9:31 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That might be as excited as I’ve ever seen Al Horford. – 9:31 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
I have never seen Al Horford that fired up in my life. Wow. – 9:31 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
AL HORFORD GETS REVENGE. LMAO. – 9:31 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart is grabbing at his right thigh after landing on Giannis’ leg. – 9:30 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics trail #Bucks 80-73. They got buried by fouls with the #Bucks in the bonus. Good news for BOS is it avoided losing contact. Tatum 18, Brown 16 (5 fouls), Horford 14; Antetokounmpo 28, Holiday 15.
Fouls:
BOS: 21
MIL: 11 – 9:26 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
GIANNIS ❗️❗️❗️
(📼 @NBA)
pic.twitter.com/dy8Vl8R5Og9:18 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That will probably do it for Theis. Celtics going small here with Horford at 5, Tatum at 4. – 9:18 PM
Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
Celtics coulda played with 10 guys and they weren’t gonna stop Giannis. That was an insane quarter. Like a super monster. – 9:15 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Giannis just celebrated again @NBAOfficial better go to the monitor and review for a hostile act before it’s too late – 9:14 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
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
giannis is just ridiculous. – 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
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
it’s Giannis’s league – 9:13 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Giannis with a another bucket and he has 28. #Celtics down 11 after another porous 3Q. 3:13 left. – 9:13 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
StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis is doing this vs a defense that held KD to his worst playoff performance. pic.twitter.com/V5lpIuCGwA9:11 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum now with three consecutive misses at the rim and Giannis is feasting on offense. #Celtics #Bucks9:09 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo is 8-for-21, Jrue Holiday is 4-for-12.
Team is shooting is 37%.
The #Bucks have a 63-61 lead on the #Celtics. – 9:03 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
need al horford to rent out whatever chamber he’s sleeping in to kyle lowry – 9:00 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
Dan Favale @danfavale
giannis: *finishes an otherworldly drive and dares to have fun with it*
tony brothers: pic.twitter.com/pDCqEam3Dx8:57 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
They keep leaving Brown alone on Giannis and it keeps failing. He picks up his fourth foul. #Celtics #Bucks8:56 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Brown draws his fourth foul on that Giannis drive – 8:56 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
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
SVG absolutely dragging these Giannis 3s – 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
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Giannis is a FORCE OF NATURE! Ridiculous how physically dominant he has become. Just wow! #Unguardable8:54 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
That’s a tech on Giannis? Really? – 8:54 PM
Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
Al horford 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 – 8:54 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Giannis looks dead at Horford and said something. Tony Brothers heard it. #Celtics #Bucks8:54 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Al Horford sick af – 8:54 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Horford basically did the Alonzo Mourning face from the GIF after that Giannis dunk – 8:54 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
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Giannis gets a tech for mean mugging Horford after dunking on him. Such a dumn rule – 8:54 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Wow Tony Brothers just gave Giannis a tech for staring down Horford – 8:54 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
This is an absurd technical foul on Giannis. Get out of here with that nonsense. – 8:53 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Giannis dunk and then gets a tech for taunting. #Celtics #Bucks8:53 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
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I voted Joel Embiid 1st, Nikola Jokic 2nd and Giannis Antetokounmpo 3rd on my MVP ballot. Here’s why, and who else I voted this season. trib.al/QGmityB8:36 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics trail #Bucks 48-47 at half. Defense has been solid, but too many turnovers, missed threes. Horford 11, Brown 11, Tatum 9, Smart 7; Antetokounmpo 15, Holiday 7. – 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
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in 18 minutes of play. #Bucks trail 43-40. – 8:28 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
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Giannis with the judo chop on that drive on Grant Williams. – 8:22 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
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
If Al horford keeps this up for a 2nd straight game, it’s 2-2 – 8:18 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
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
brad stevens texting thanks to sam presti for letting al horford rest for an entire year – 8:14 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
As everyone said pregame, the Celtics just need to get Al Horford’s offense on track. – 8:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Forget Horford’s guarantee for next year.
Max extension this summer. – 8:13 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford’s been so good in Milwaukee.
Now 4 for 4, 11 pts, 2 assists already. – 8:13 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
Is Al Horford underpaid at $27 million? My column: – 8:12 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Pritchard gets called for setting a screen on Giannis, who fell. #Celtics #Bucks8:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If you lose because Giannis makes a bunch of jumpers, you tip your cap and congratulate him. – 8:07 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics trail #Bucks 25-18 after 1Q. Horford 7, Brown 5, Tatum 4; Antetokounmpo 6, Holiday 5. – 8:01 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
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
It’s crazy how Giannis makes someone as good and big as Jaylen Brown look helpless – 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
Whatever Ime Udoka said in that timeout seems to have worked.
Also, Celtics finally won some non-Giannis minutes. – 7:57 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics just won a non-Giannis segment. They were 0-2 doing that last game. – 7:57 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tatum has taken the fewest shots (2) of any starter save for Al Horford. – 7:54 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
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford is livid with the illegal screen call, but he basically shoulder checked Wes Matthews. – 7:44 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Al Horford making a strong point to Tony Brothers about that last call. – 7:44 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
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Giannis using that left off arm to hit Brown allows him to draw a foul on Brown. pic.twitter.com/cXRXa3lpar7:39 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
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Foul on Brown, nothing on Giannis. #Celtics #Bucks7:37 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks lead 4-0 in the early going.
Call on Brown remains as called – Giannis Antetokounmpo to the free throw line. – 7:37 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
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
From ‘weirdo’ to ‘water off a duck’s back,’ Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps driving in what has been a very physical series vs. the #Celtics jsonline.com/story/sports/n… via @Lori Nickel2:23 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
This is a life sized portrait of Giannis pic.twitter.com/hPKk9aUlRr1:34 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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In a recent episode of his own The Big Podcast, Shaquille O’Neal was speaking out on Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert as an “up and down player”. That’s when co-host Spice Adams tried to rile up the Lakers icon by claiming the Frenchman holds him to just a dozen points. “12 points? Yeah, in the first three minutes. Let me tell you something, man. It’s against my religion for somebody to hold me one-on-one. I take that personally. I do.” -via Clutch Points / May 8, 2022
“First play of the game I always used to look and see what the defense is going to do,” Shaq said reliving his Lakers days. “Like ‘Okay, he’s doubling from Spice [Adams]. Spice is going to be wide open for the jumper. Like, I always look at the first play. But if I get it and nobody’s coming, I take that as a sign of disrespect.” “You know what I’m going to do to him? He’s a shot blocker. You can’t shoot a shot. You’ve got to back his little skinny a– up under the rim. Show him the ‘bow so he gets scared and just go up.” -via Clutch Points / May 8, 2022
In response, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins did express sympathy for the Warriors and Payton, but he did not take kindly to his team being described that way by Kerr. Jenkins didn’t have to say he was talking about Kerr for everyone to know what he was talking about either. More from The Daily Memphian: “I also wanted to address a narrative out there that was said between Game 1 and Game 2,” Jenkins said. “It was said that we have to play more physical, and the word dirty has been thrown out there. I look at my locker room and I look at our culture and what we exude — we are the furthest thing from dirty. We are competitive. I want that to be squashed pretty quick here.” -via For The Win / May 6, 2022

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