BOSTON — It didn’t take long for Marcus Smart to make his presence felt in Game 5 of the Boston Celtics’ first-round NBA playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Playing in his first game action in six weeks, Smart received a rousing ovation from the TD Garden crowd when he entered the game halfway through the first quarter. Not 30 seconds into his return, Smart already had recorded a steal by diving on the floor and wrestling the ball away from Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova.
After tallying his first points on a layup plus the foul, Smart electrified the home faithful by denying an alley-oop attempt from Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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Smart tallied three points, three assists, a block and a steal in the first quarter of his return.
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