After three days of waiting, the Celtics finally know when they will be playing their best-of-seven series against the Bucks in the second round. Boston will play their third afternoon matinee of the postseason with a 1 p.m. ET time in Milwaukee (12 p.m. local) on ABC for Game 1 as the first half of a Conference Finals doubleheader. They will head back to Boston for two more games on Friday and Monday at the TD Garden. Here's a full look at their schedule along with the Sixers-Raptors breakdown in the other Conference Finals.
The Celtics will have a rest day on Thursday and get two more full days of practice in on Friday and Saturday before the early tipoff on Sunday afternoon.
BSJ Analysis: With two days of rest between three separate games in the series, there will be plenty of opportunity for rest in this one, which would tend to favor the Celtics and veterans legs of Al Horford and Kyrie Irving. Marcus Smart's availability also remains in question but with Game 7 scheduled for five weeks and one day past Smart's initial oblique tear, the timeline falls within a potential return if his recovery goes perfectly. Celtics doctors initially pegged him with a 4-to-6 week recovery timetable but he has been seen jogging and doing light shooting work with limited movement on the practice court at the Auerbach Center over the past two days.