With the Bucks, the issues is that they’re the opposite of the Celtics: they don’t have team chemistry. As always, they still pushed on and had the Toronto Raptors on the ropes after three games in the playoffs, holding a 2-1 series lead. With a three-point lead, Boston could have simply wrapped Middleton up the second the ball came into the court and forced him to shoot a pair of free throws.
The Celtics opened the playoffs against the Bucks on Sunday in a 2 vs. 7 battle that couldn’t be judged by the seedings.
And, yet, here we are again about to get our hopes up the Bucks can pull through when it matters the most.
All of this may be way too familiar, as we’ve been through this time and time before. Kyrie Irving, who arrived in the big summer trade with Cleveland, carried the Celtics much of the way but also dealt with a nagging knee injury much of the season. But the ref said that I grabbed his hand. Both teams look very, very different as they gear up for their best-of-seven series. Just click on the Sling website and click “Watch Now 7 Days Free” for the free trial. If and when that happens, he’ll steal minutes from Shane Larkin, Terry Rozier and possibly Jaylen Brown at the two.
Al Horford led the way for Boston with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Rozier added 23 points.
Asked for his “view” on the play, Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty smiled and said, “My view is he blew his whistle and called the sixth foul on Giannis and after six fouls you’re out of the game”. Embiid says he doesn’t think he’ll play in Game 1 while continuing to recover from an orbital fracture.
After starting the season as the league’s most unsafe 3-point shooter, a regression to the mean was justifiably expected, but he has maintained a mark of 43.4% from long range, an fantastic number for a first-year player. He got up a long 3. But it’s the playoffs. Couple that with Khris Middleton’s line of 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and perhaps the Bucks can give Boston some trouble in this series. One extremely competitive first round series should be between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics. Now they enter the postseason without their leading scorer in Kyrie Irving, and even though they ended up winning more regular season games this year than last, teams were reportedly salivating at the chance of taking on the wounded Celtics. Boston, of course, is coming off an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals, although only three players from that series – Horford, Brown and Rozier – will suit up against the Bucks. For what it’s worth, the first official signals for a jump ball. The Freak put together a dominant season this year, averaging career highs in minutes played (36.7), points (26.9) and rebounds (10) per game. The brilliant Buck had 13 rebounds to Horford’s 12 and seven assists to his four while playing 39 more seconds.
If you lose one star, you still have two top-level talents to pick up the slack. But he said he must do a better job on the defensive end against Horford going forward.
“Because if you’re going to do this for 20 years, you don’t want to have 10 years of sadness and 10 years of happiness”, he said.