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CelticsBlog Pod 35: Marcus Smart is back for Celtics-Bucks Game 5

Smart returns for his first game since Mar. 11 just when the Celtics need him most. Bobby Manning and Sam Sheehan continue to try to make sense of the tumultuous series that’ll break at 2-2 tonight.

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Sam Sheehan’s ready for the posting wars that’ll commence if 76ers and Celtics meet in the second round. But Boston has to get there first, and they have some work to do that Marcus Smart will now assist in as he’s been announced as available for tonight’s game five.

Last week, this series looked over, we gauged how much life’s left in the Bucks after two devastating losses in Boston. Now Brad Stevens’ group is in a similar situation; turnovers, blocks and a variety of lineups have left them continuing to search for who they are as a team.

With Smart’s return, we ask the big question: should the Celtics be expected to win this series?

In Sheehan’s debut he anticipates the impact a Smart return will have, evaluates Jayson Tatum’s playoff debut through four games and we give credit where it’s due for the role Thon Maker, Jabari Parker and years of great drafting have allowed Milwaukee to meet its potential, at least for two games.

Will the Celtics go big or small from here? Sam dives into that, turnovers, Marcus Morris’ last shot, Shane Larkin and lineups.

Also, we take a greater look at the East as the Cavs face trouble in round 1. Is the door open for the 76ers to take the East and if so does that threaten Boston’s future hold on the conference?

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