The Milwaukee Bucks are in Chicago to take on the Bulls and Bobby Portis, a former teammate of Jimmy Butler’s with whom he had an altercation last season. Garbage-boy was not in camp today but did make his presence known by tweeting: “Im bouta catch these fools up at home.”

Bobby Portis put the finishing touches on the Milwaukee Bucks’ dramatic win against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. In the closing seconds of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Portis collected an offensive rebound off a Giannis Antetokounmpo missed free throw for the game-winning basket.

While Antetokounmpo gets the majority of the attention, it’s players like Portis that make a difference for the Bucks. The Bucks may not be ready to finish their series with the Celtics on Friday night if it weren’t for Portis’ mother’s counsel.

Bobby Portis is aware of his responsibilities with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Bobby-Portis-Bucks-1024x682 On May 11, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts, Bobby Portis of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after making the game-winning shot in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. | Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images .

Portis is great in his job with the Bucks. Although his stats are above average, he is not asked to shoulder the weight. Portis, who spent the most of his seven-year NBA career as a reserve, started 59 of Milwaukee’s 72 games this season. With Brook Lopez out for the rest of the season due to a back injury, Portis was thrust into the starting lineup.

The 6-foot-10 big averaged a career-high 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds this season. He spent 28.2 minutes on average. Portis’ time has shrunk a little now that Lopez is receiving more minutes, but his intensity and enthusiasm haven’t.

In the first round of the playoffs, Portis came up huge in Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls. Milwaukee dropped Game 2 at home, but Portis ensured that the Bucks regained home court advantage in Game 3. As a substitution for Khris Middleton in the starting lineup, he had 18 points and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Portis is someone the Bucks know they can rely on. Portis is well aware of his job.

“It’s all-in in the playoffs,” Portis told the Chicago Sun-Times after Game 3. “Every man that gets out there has to understand his job and what he needs to do on the court to have an influence on the game.”

Portis thanks his mother for her garbage-collector suggestion.

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Portis delivered again again in a crucial Game 5 against the Celtics. He didn’t put up large stats, but he had the game’s most crucial basket.

On Wednesday, his putback of Antetokounmpo’s missed free throw gave the Bucks the victory. It tipped the scales substantially in Milwaukee’s favor.

He never lost confidence despite not seeing as much action in the playoffs as he did throughout the regular season.

Portis told the Sun-Times, “Play with confidence.” “That is the most important thing. Playing with confidence is a significant deal on the basketball floor, and you can tell who’s confident and who isn’t.”

After the game, Portis remarked about his mother telling him that he should be a trash guy.

“I wasn’t really talented or had one thing I really did well as a child,” Portis stated at the postgame news conference, according to ESPN. “I was always a jack of all trades, excellent at everything but exceptional at nothing.”

“As a youngster, my mother constantly told me that I should simply be a trash guy.” If you want to score but aren’t getting the ball handed to you, you become a trash guy and go retrieve the ball on the offensive glass. That’s something my mother instilled in me. “Thanks to my mother for that.”

The Bucks took advantage of the Celtics’ errors.

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On Wednesday, the Celtics outplayed the Bucks for three and a half quarters. Milwaukee just played more aggressively and strategically.

The Bucks scored 26 points off 17 offensive rebounds, including two by Portis that proved lethal. With a never-say-die mentality, the visiting Bucks overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

“Obviously, when you’re down 14 in the fourth quarter in Boston, people think everything is against you. “However, we come together,” Bucks player Jrue Holiday said. “That’s how we live and die.”

On the other hand, Celtics guard Marcus Smart was well aware that his team had let a crucial game slip away.

“We win that game if we box out,” Smart said. “They’re the current champions.” They made some championship-level decisions. And now we have to get back on our feet.”

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