- The Celtics lost a crucial Game 5 to the Bucks on Wednesday night.
- The game was decided in the final minutes, with the Bucks ultimately winning 110-107.
- Boston and Marcus Smart are getting crushed for how they handled the game-deciding play.
After tying the series up with a gutsy road win in Milwaukee in Game 4, the Boston Celtics ultimately receded home-court advantage back to the Bucks after losing Game 5 on their home floor by a score of 110-107.
To make matters worse for the Celtics, the loss came thanks to a blown fourth-quarter lead as they were outscored by the Bucks 33-21 in the final period, culminating in a game-clinching block by Jrue Holiday on Marcus Smart with just about 10 seconds remaining in the game.
WHAT A BLOCK BY JRUE HOLIDAY.
AND HE EARNS THE POSSESSION 🤯
6.6 left on TNT pic.twitter.com/zombWL9ipA
— NBA (@NBA) May 12, 2022
NBA fans left confused as to why Marcus Smart’s number was called with the game on the line
As soon as the play unfolded as it did, NBA fans were quite confused as to why Boston drew up a play for Marcus Smart instead of Jayson Tatum (who had 34 points in the game) or Jalen Brown (26 points)
Marcus Smart's reaction to Jrue Holiday's strip actually deserves this so I'm sorry for going back in meme history pic.twitter.com/oeUZl3Qz6Q
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) May 12, 2022
Marcus Smart The Joker
Green hair and no plan https://t.co/NmrWHeLXEV
— Kofie (@Kofie) May 12, 2022
Marcus Smart tryna find the ball after Jrue Holiday stole it pic.twitter.com/ptI6vporUM
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) May 12, 2022
Jrue Holiday definitely took the Marcus Smart as DPOY thing personal
— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) May 12, 2022
Jrue Holiday to Marcus Smart: I’m the Defensive Player of the Year now pic.twitter.com/1jU2bGssAX
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 12, 2022
Jrue Holiday after back-to-back stops against Marcus Smart pic.twitter.com/up3catK6u0
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) May 12, 2022
Smart’s decision making on the final play of the game — which wound up with Jrue Holiday coming away with another clutch steal — was also called into question, as The Big Lead pointed out that Smart had three options on the play and ultimately wound up choosing the wrong one.
Smart put his head down and seemed to decide that he’d figure out what to do once he got across half court– Choice No. 3. This decision was perhaps made for him because he seemed to lose his handle for no reason after getting past Bobby Portis. Even so, it was clear from the get-go that Smart’s first priority wasn’t getting the ball to somebody who could make the shot. It was to get the ball up and then see what happens. It was the worst of the possible options in front of him, and his team paid the price. [via The Big Lead]
The Bucks will look to advance to the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night when they take on the Celtics in Game 6 in Milwaukee. With the prospect of a Game 7 in Boston, the Bucks will be certainly be looking to close out the Celtics at home while they can.