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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (4/12/17); Celtics go for No. 1 seed

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (4/12/17); Celtics go for No. 1 seed

Still, the Celtics coach appreciates those accomplishments.

The Celtics locked up the number one seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference on Wednesday night defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 112-94 in a gritty, hard-fought game. So that's a real positive but now - we'll talk about what was accomplished later. We'll talk about what was accomplished later.

So there are no excuses for the Celtics, who would love to give primary players Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, and Al Horford a good rest before the playoffs open, likely with a Game 1 on Sunday at TD Garden.

Owning a sub.500 record at 40-42, the Celtics trotted out a starting lineup of Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Avery Bradley against the Cavaliers in Game 1 of their first round series.

The Indiana Pacers have the seventh seed after a 104-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks. "He'll be ready for us".

Boston, and especially Isiah Thomas, have been playing lights out basketball since January.

The Bulls won seven of their last nine games of the season, including consecutive wins by at least 39 points to end the season - the first time in franchise history that the Bulls have recorded consecutive 35-point wins and the first time since March 21-22, 2011 that they have won consecutive games by 30 points.

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"It's very special to me". Jimmy Butler is averaging 23.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.3 points and 3.8 assists.

The C's and Bulls split their four matchups during the regular season. But one part of his attitude is a mean streak that has raised his game to brilliance when that emotion is focused on the opponent. "It should be a fun series", Horford added in agreement. The Heat lost to Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals, then the three-time champion signed with Chicago.

Despite the loss, Brook Lopez scored 25 points and became the Nets' all-time scoring leader, passing Buck Williams.

Milwaukee led by as many as 12 points and shot 60.9 percent in the period. The Celtics go into Wednesday night's action holding a one-game lead over the Cavaliers, while Cleveland has the tiebreaker. Boston.com readers get a 2-week free trial. This was despite not even bringing Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova to Boston. F Michael Beasley, F Mirza Teletovic, G Malcolm Brogdon and G Rashad Vaughn started in their place. Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue has said the Cavs value rest and health over the No. 1 seed.

The Dominican Republic native averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Celtics, who secured the East's No. 1 seed on Wednesday.

Isaiah Thomas earned back to back all-star appearances in February. "We want to thank you guys for the awesome support you've given us this season", Thomas said. "So we've got to do the same and impose our will on those guys early and dictate the whole tempo of the series". The goal for the Bulls is to not let Thomas control the game.


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