Bucks mercifully end Celtics' season with Game 5 stomping

Live score updates from Game 5 between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks

The bad habits returned, the inconsistency, the bad body language and an uninspired Kyrie Irving.

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in just 31 minutes as the Bucks rolled to a 116-91 victory over the Celtics. Irving is clearly more humbled than he was following Game 4, but he does make sure to stress that it's about "moving on" after a loss like this.

After the game, the Celtics players and coaching staff had to answer for the disappointing end to the season.

An early flameout underscored the Celtics failing to jell as a title contender all season after taking the Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals a year ago.

With Irving set to become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, the conversation now shifts to whether he will return to the group who entered the season with title aspirations. I'm a top point guard in this league. His presence was supposed to bring the Celtics their first Larry O'Brien Trophy since 2008, but he's proven that he just can't get the job done.

During Game 5, Irving just didn't have it. Many of his attempts during the 2-of-12 start were forced and contested. For me, the 22 shots? He began to find a rhythm near the end of the regular season before appearing tentative and uneasy against the Bucks. Hayward is under contract for next season and will then have a player option for the final year of his four-year deal.

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You see, like a jilted lover, fans and even National Basketball Association experts (except for Mr. Nick Wright) continued to want to love this Celtics team because when they played the right way, they looked so unbeatable. Certainly the Celtics will go all out for Anthony Davis in a trade, but it's unclear how that would affect Irving.

Before important games, a Bucks front-office staffer often shoots a text message to a few of the Milwaukee Bucks' players.

"They played hard, they did unbelievable things with their rotations and Mike [Budenholzer] put them in great positions to be successful as well as guys coming in off the bench playing well, playing steady".

It wasn't just Irving's fault. While he scored 29 and 23 points in Boston's two home losses on Friday and Monday, Irving shot 8-for-22 and 7-for-22 in those games, including a combined 3-for-15 on 3-pointers.

The Celtics will be able to offer Irving five years and $189 million while other teams can only give him four years and $151 million, but Irving has given no indications how much that matters, if at all. "From day 1 to training camp, all the way till now", Irving added. But those words don't seem like a commitment anymore.

"Truth be told, it's no time to be disappointed".

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