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Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East, beat Bucks 112-94

Damon Campbell | 19 April, 2017, 06:54

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were rested by the Cavs (51-31), who closed out the campaign with four consecutive defeats.

Clapping could be heard from the trainer's room, where players were tuned in.

Stevens said the sight gave him a bit of a scare. "We haven't got too high or low with regard to long losing streaks or, if things don't go our way, not being able to respond". In those six games, the Celtics are 2-4, but barely held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets in one of those games.

The Celtics overcame a sluggish start to top the Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 on Wednesday night at TD Garden. I know that it's going to come at some point in time.

Although the Celtics split the regular-season series with the Bulls, history suggests that matchup is favorable for head coach Brad Stevens' squad. We'll talk about what was accomplished later. "So everything else is leading up to that".

After all the injuries endured and the up-and-down nature of the 2016-17 season, it's clear the Celtics, entering the final day of the regular season, are reveling in having control of their own destiny in the quest for the No. 1 seed. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. "Heck, when I go golfing with Phil Mickelson I think I have a chance to beat him, but I won't". Obviously there aren't as many big names in this year's matchup, but we are still in for a big treat. Not just me, it's going to be a team effort. The Bucks, led by former NBA All Star Jason Kidd, finish the season at a respectable 42-40 securing the sixth seed and a series with the number three ranked Toronto Raptors. Runs of 12-0 and 9-0 got them there.

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All of those emotions came out when Green made those plays - and virtually any other throughout the game. As Stotts said, "I don't think it's demoralizing that we competed extremely well for three quarters".

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"We just play the game ahead of us".

Rashad Vaughn had 14 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 11 for the Bucks, who will face the third-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round of the East playoffs. The rest of the league couldn't help but take notice of the Celtics at that point, and, with potential to maneuver into max cap space this summer, there's the possibility for a true leap to contender status next season. They have just a lot of guys that have been in playoff atmospheres, are familiar with them. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.

"That happened tonight? Oh, wow", he said. I have no idea what a country mile is, but I'm sure Fred Hoiberg does.

While there are legitimate gripes about the length of the season and its effects on players and fans, at least the National Basketball Association is getting what it wants - the finale will not be without drama. After that, I kind of forgot about it.

We thought we knew what the story of this Bulls' season was going to be. Huge congratulations for him to do what he's done. And he was a true competitor, one of the hardest-playing teammates I played with. The Hawks and Cavaliers took them to seven games, and the Pistons and Lakers took them to six games. He's so competitive. It doesn't matter what we're playing.

Boston (52-29) can also clinch the conference top seed across the East for the playoffs with a victory at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. That's the way I'm looking at it. The Nets were missing Gs Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) and Joe Harris (shoulder) and F Quincy Acy (ankle). The Bulls and Celtics are 2-2 in the regular season, but now this series determines who is the better team.

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