Miller is often the first person to greet him coming out of a timeout

“He usually beats me pretty good,” Miller told Sporting News. “We have fun, it gets him loose and in the right frame of mind.”

Miller’s game isn’t what it once was, and even at that, his playing style was never suited for attacking the rim against a 7-foot monster. He still got the best of though, prompting the opposing fans to cheer on the meaningless game before the real one began. “Seventeen years, still living off the jumper, brother.”

The respect the two have for each other is apparent. Miller is often the first person to greet him coming out of a timeout. It has been that way since Jokic can remember.

“He came to me first,” Jokic said. “I was young, I was a rookie (in 2015-16) and didn’t want to talk, and I didn’t want to mess with anybody. But he talked to me. To be honest, when I first met him I thought he was a little bit weird. But he’s real cool, a veteran, a leader, someone to look in front of you.”

“Just constant reps,” Powell said, when asked about his improved shooting after Game 5. “Getting extra work in in the morning, coming back late at night, watching film on Kyle Korver, Larry Bird — good 3-point shooters — and trying to make a adjustments. But it’s just the constant reps day in and day out. Trying to get get better, tweaking it here and there and finding what ‘s most comfortable for me and shooting it with confidence.”

The Celtics point guard spent Tuesday night inflicting a different kind of pain on the Wizards, scoring a career-high 53 points to lead the Celtics to a 129-119 overtime victory against Washington. Boston holds a 2-0 lead as the series heads to Washington’s Verizon Center.

“I thought he was really gonna have to gut this one out, and he not only guts it out, but he scores over 50,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.