Game 5: Bucks at Celtics

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Tip-off: 8 p.m.
Records: Celtics (3-1), Bucks (1-3)
Broadcast info: ESPN, WEEI
Probable starters:

Celtics:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Jermaine O’Neal

Bucks:
PG: Brandon Jennings
SG: John Salmons
SF: Carlos Delfino
PF: Drew Gooden
C: Andrew Bogut

Storylines:
Beware of the Bucks: The Celtics and Bucks have developed something of a rivalry over the last couple of seasons. Two things could have happened and revved things up even more: Andrew Bogut could have not gotten hurt, and the Celtics and Bucks could have faced each other in last year’s first round. The Heat provided a great matchup for the Celtics. The run-and-gun Bucks could have provided a series similar to when the Celtics faced the Atlanta Hawks in the first round in 2008.

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The Bucks have a good chance at being the next Atlanta Hawks: a talented young team that could give veteran teams fits. They’re 1-3, but they should find themselves in the Eastern Conference mix by season’s end. In addition to fearless phenom Brandon Jennings, Bogut is one of only a few big men whom the Celtics might not be able to guard one-on-one.

Back-to-back: Both teams played last night, the Bucks coming off a loss to Portland in Milwaukee. The Celtics don’t figure to do well on the second night of back-to-backs this season, but at least their opponent is in a similar position. Will young legs respond better than veteran ones?

Point man: Paul Pierce needs 23 points to reach 20,000 regular-season points for his career. Larry Bird finished his career with 21,791 points. John Havlicek is 11th all-time with 26,395.

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