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NBA - US Sports: Smart set to feature in Game 3

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is expected to return on Saturday for Game 3 against the Bucks in Milwaukee.

(This article was originally published on 07.05.2022)

The series is tied at 1-1 ahead of the first meeting at the Fiserv Forum. Boston can be backed at 11/10 to win Game 3 in the Money Line and Milwaukee are 10/13, with all the action on our Sports Live Streaming service.

Celtics win without Smart

Smart played in the first game but missed the second due to a right quad injury. The Celtics still managed to win in his absence, claiming a 109-86 victory thanks to some big performances from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum as they combined for 59 points.

Smart said on Thursday there is a "strong likelihood" he would be available for Saturday's game.

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After taking part in practice, the Celtics upgraded his status to probable on Friday, with coach Ime Udoka expecting him to feature.

"[Smart] Went through shootaround today [Friday], walked through, got some extra work in, and he will be listed as probable," said Udoka, via ESPN.

Middleton out

Smart is the Celtics' only injury concern going into Game 3 and they know they will probably need to win at least one of the next two games in Milwaukee if they are to have a realistic chance of reaching the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bucks will be without forward Khris Middleton for at least the next two games as he continues to recover from a knee injury he sustained in Game 2 of the first round series against Chicago Bulls but reserve guard George Hill could return.

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