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Baynes (ankle): “Nothing’s stopping me from playing”

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Boston might not be as shorthanded as they thought tonight against the Bucks.

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

By the sound of media availability at shootaround this morning, it definitely sounds like Aron Baynes (ankle) is going to try to play in Game 2 as the Boston Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

Baynes left Game 1 after turning his ankle in the second half of Boston’s 22-point victory on the road to take the 1-0 series lead. Baynes was a big part of that, providing valuable defense against Giannis Antetokounmpo as Al Horford sat on the bench. Not many saw Baynes guarding Antetokounmpo as Brad Stevens’ go-to defensive strategy right out of the gates in the first quarter, but it definitely worked.

Although the Bucks’ superstar likely won’t shoot that poorly again, Aron Baynes and the rest of the Celtics will definitely try to force him into tough looks again. With Baynes in the lineup, this gets much easier.

If Baynes’ (known for screaming the pain away) assurance of his availability wasn’t enough, Brad Stevens shares the same optimism.

The Boston Celtics will look to stomp on the Milwaukee Bucks and take a commanding 2-0 series lead on the road tonight on TNT at 8PM EST.