Marcus Smart May Play Thursday Night Against Bucks

Kyrie Irving Seems To Think The Bucks And Celtics Are Playing On A Really Old Court

Kyrie Irving Seems To Think The Bucks And Celtics Are Playing On A Really Old Court

Milwaukee is hosting a "Return to the MECCA" night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (formerly MECCA Arena) on Friday (AEDT) to honor the building where the Bucks played from 1977-1988. The team even appeared to respond to Irving's concerns with a subtweet Thursday afternoon. I know this is a pretty older court and it looks like it's freshly painted as well. The court has been styled to replicate the Bucks" home floor at their old arena, site of some dramatic moments in the 1970s and "80s, including a handful of memorable playoff games against Boston.

"It took me three steps to realize this is not the same National Basketball Association court I'm used to playing on", Irving responded.

- Irving and Horford went 11-for-15 in the first half, while the rest of the team was just 3-for-24.

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are, understandably, very concerned about player safety following the severe ankle injury suffered by Gordon Hayward in their opener. It was great to see the intimacy of those seats out there as well as the fans kinda being right on top of us.

The Bucks' social media team had a bit of fun with the moment, assuring Irving that the court was brand new. "We'll see what's up". The original floor - painted (in some secrecy) by famous pop artist Robert Indiana - was also featured in a recent ESPN 30-for-30 short. The paint job, as flashy as it was, was taken care of by Bona, the NBA's official hardwood floor care partner.

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It's a good thing Irving is averaging 20 points and six assists per game for the Celtics. "[The fan] kind of put his head down". Al Horford snapped some photos on his iPhone before Thursday's shootaround and teammates commented on the brightness of the surface.

According to Jared Weiss of USA Today, Smart relayed a story to Abby Chin of NBC Sports that a Bucks player tried to take him off of his game by talking junk.

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