Smart spoke to reporters ahead of the Celtics' Game 4 clash in Milwaukee, where they will attempt to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
If Antetokounmpko doesn't come up bigger Thursday, it'll be Boston going to the second round.
But on this night, at the biggest moments, Antetokounmpo disappeared, dogged by indecision and an inclination to pass rather than shoot.
The C's now lead the series 3-2 with game six back in Milwaukee.
"We've seen him in games against us, obviously, and we've seen other games that he's been in".
The Celtics need Smart to be a part of their top defensive lineups, and they want all the help around him to make sure he can not become a liability by taking too many contested shots. We kind of made them uncomfortable.
Down by five points with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks got a crucial stop against the Boston Celtics. He had a series-low 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
The Bucks were able to get within three early in the second quarter when a Morris 3-pointer ignited a 17-6 run that pushed the lead to 43-29 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Some credit belongs with the Boston defense. Coach Brad Stevens says he'll come off the bench and wear a protective splint.
LeBron James said everyone on the Cavaliers' roster - himself included - needed to play better after falling behind IN 2-1 IN their series. "With him, he doesn't care who you are in front of him if you're playing against him". You're not going to hold him down by any means.
Toronto had one of the top bench units in the National Basketball Association during the regular season, ranking fifth in the league with a combined 41.8 scoring average. "We just felt like we needed a little bit more ball pressure overall, and so that was the decision to go smaller". If they can control "the rest" of the Bucks like they did previously then the Celtics will be coming away with the win here. He was not totally shut out of the offense, finishing with eight assists. The Bucks were blown out, and trailed Boston 0-2 in the series.
The second, and last, missed call on the report suggests that Horford traveled before the shot anyways. "I just know what I said, it's a shot clock violation". I didn't feel like - it was not just Semi Ojeleye, it was everybody guarding me.
This will bring the Spurs season to an end and honestly a fitting one to a team who's best player has been absent for a majority of the year. Seated at his locker, aggressiveness was on his mind. Boston's depth looks to be a key factor heading into game 6. I think Giannis is one of the most aggressive drivers in the game, trying to get downhill. Milwaukee would need to win Game 6 for there to be a Game 7.