Jabari Parker vows to be 'better person' and teammate going forward

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"Rebounding is something that we definitely need in this series to take away the second chance points that they're getting - but there are a lot of things that we need to do and another one of them is just taking care of the ball as a team". I deserved to be out there, I earned it. I've been waiting. And to see that time get cut short - nobody is going to handle that the right way. I'm human, I was wrong.

"Of course, guys want to be out on the floor and I think when they're not, they're going to be frustrated", Prunty said.

In the other Eastern Conference first round playoff game, the Washington Wizards' guards Bradley Beal and John Wall scored 28 points each to beat the Toronto Raptors 122-103 reduce their series deficit to 2-1.

Maker, the 21-year-old 216cm tall physical freak, came on with four minutes left in the first quarter. "Nobody on the team can do that".

The Bucks as a team played a terrific defensive game, but youngster Thon Maker provided an especially huge lift after barely playing to start the series.

"Our transition defense has to be better - part of that comes from our turnovers - and our rebounding has to be better", Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said. "Yeah. Whatever that is, just try to be on the good side". Irving is out for the rest of the season to recover from a recent knee surgery, while Smart still has no definite return date after going under the knife to fix a thumb injury.

"For me he is like my little brother", Antetokounmpo said. Pretty much a one-dimensional player, he needs to actually be scoring to make an impact.

The Celtics trimmed the lead to 17, and then Middleton and Maker each hit 3-point shots to build the Bucks' advantage back to 23 at 96-73. And they were struggling to get open baskets to fall.

"We realized how important this game was". It's clear that the Bucks are nowhere near as effective with Parker on the court. Several Bucks veterans have acknowledged in recent days that they've tried to talk to Parker and keep his spirits up after a rough playoff debut.

Milwaukee came out somewhat flat in the third quarter and lacked the same energy they showed in the first half.

Add it all up and it was a rare recent victory for Washington, which had lost seven of eight games dating to the regular season.

He pulled off four spectacular blocks in his first four minutes.

"I don't remember that", Antetokounmpo responded. Punched us in the mouth, picked me up full. It's not about minutes, not about nothing in the playoffs.

The start initially had the look of "here we go again" as Toronto moved ahead 27-18.

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