The Warriors came back from a double-digit second-half deficit for the third straight game to sweep the Blazers and secure their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.
A 22-point loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the East semifinals taught the Bucks what could happen after a long layoff, so they were wary not to "overrest" this time.
Terry Rozier on Tuesday discussed on ESPN First Take what went wrong with the Celtics this season and having to take a lesser role with the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
Kyrie Irving struggled as the Celtics lost to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but Marcus Smart said it's "bulls---" to say Irving's leadership skills were to blame for the team's problems.
The Bucks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001 on Wednesday. "Everybody was ready to play," said George Hill, who scored 16 points.
As Boston's season came to a disappointing end Wednesday night, coach Brad Stevens shouldered the blame for the Celtics' failures, calling this "the most trying" season for him as a head coach.
It started with a qualified promise to stay. It ended with a failed promise to be better in the playoffs. In between, Kyrie Irving slowly eroded what seemed like a promising season in Boston.
The Bucks are expected to have Malcolm Brogdon back for Game 5 against the Celtics on Wednesday night, but on a minutes restriction. Brogdon has been out since March 15 with a plantar fascia tear.
The Bucks had Malcolm Brogdon back for Game 5 against the Celtics on Wednesday night on a minutes restriction. Brogdon had been out since March 15 with a plantar fascia tear.
With their stars sitting due to foul trouble, the Bucks once again got a heavy offensive boost from their "Bench Mob" in the third quarter Monday night and took a 3-1 series lead against the Celtics.
Kyrie Irving's 19-for-62 performance from the field in the Celtics' past three playoff games marks his most misses over a three-game stretch in the playoffs in his career.
The Celtics will have their emotional leader in the lineup against the Bucks in Game 4 Monday night.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who suffered a torn left oblique in April, is hoping to return to action Monday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone for Milwaukee in Game 3, repeatedly plowing through Boston's defense en route to 22 free throws and 32 points as the Bucks regained control of the semifinal series.