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The most glaring piece of this team that Danny Ainge did not address was the fact that there were too many guys who needed the ball and not enough "3-and-D" players.

Still, it was Antetokounmpo leading the way, becoming the first Bucks player to post at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in a play-off game since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1974.

Irving shot 30.1% from the floor (25 for 83) in the team's four losses to the Bucks and was 6-for-21 shooting in the Celtics' final game Wednesday.

And what's worse, asking Lue to take on Rambis as an assistant, a no-no according to sources close to Lue, feels like the Lakers want their walls bugged and feared a LeBron takeover - as if Lue would allow himself to be used as a puppet.

Of course experience helps, but more importantly is being the better team which the Milwaukee Bucks have shown all season long, including an 8-1 playoff record where seven of their eight wins have been by double digits.

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Should the Warriors advance, that same timetable would see him return right around Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Kerr said the coaching staff would use time on the flight to Texas on Thursday to reconfigure the rotation without Durant.

Kendrick Perkins, the starting center for the 2008 Celtics championship team, laid into Irving on Thursday in an interview with FS1's Colin Cowherd, criticizing his leadership and labeling him as disrespectful.

Irving's performance in the five-game series against the Milwaukee Bucks was a study in contrasts. But recently we saw the Golden State Warriors lose in the first round of the 2013-2014 playoffs only to go on and win the championship the following season. But like I said, we never really understood because we're not in his shoes. "I think if you ask anybody on the team, we wish we could do it over and just wipe this out of our minds". To disappoint you, I don't think it's the end for the Celtics. The Celtics just have the mindset: we're the Celtics and you're not.

Morris (18 points, 14 rebounds), Jayson Tatum (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Kylie Irving (23 points, 10 assists) all had double-doubles for the Celtics, who led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter.

I noticed something was wrong with this team in just its fourth game of the season, when it fell to the Magic at home, 93-90. I've said from the get-go, this time in the locker room, when they're all together, is great.

"(The Bucks) are better than we are and they earned that", Stevens said. "Coach was in a tough position, one of the toughest positions, dealing with all these guys with attitudes, all that [expletive]". Even after each of these games, it's been more about the Celtics short comings, rather than Milwaukee being the reason for their struggles and I imagine the talk today will be similar. "Like I said, you live and you learn".

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