They used a 15-0 run in the third in their first postseason game in five seasons under coach Brett Brown to get the rout rolling. "This is the time you want to play, you want to be in these types of games". "That's the attitude, that's the mindset, that is the spirit we must play with (today)".
The Bucks star has been incredible for his team this season, throwing himself in contention for the MVP award at some points, and he will be a major threat towards Boston not advancing to the second round of the playoffs if he is able to get a groove going on the court.
Game 2 is Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Coaching Battle- The nod in the coaching battle must go to Boston's Brad Stevens, as he has the clear "been there, done that" factor advantage over Milwaukee's Joe Prunty. It's the first playoff meeting between the Bucks and Celtics since 1987, when Boston won a seven-game series in the East semifinals. While the Bucks are relatively healthy, the Celtics are without their top two players in Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. The Bucks lack the scoring depth to beat good teams consistently, and you really can't ask for better play from Antetokounmpo and Middleton.
The Bucks have a number of other threats, including Malcolm Brogdon, last season's rookie of the year who returned Monday after missing 30 games with a partially torn quad. He's built a lot like Marcus Smart, except he's much more offensively inclined, even if he finished third in the National Basketball Association in steals this season. "He's much more durable", Terry said. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the do everything guy for Milwaukee: he leads the team with 26.9 points along with 10 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.41 blocks and 1.45 steals per game. Rozier has been a revelation this season, stealing Jaylen Brown's mantle as the team's most improved player.
"But we stayed resilient, went to overtime, and got the win".
"He knows what he's doing down there", Antetokounmpo said. "We're just trying to ease our way in", Smart said.
"I have a new splint on, a smaller splint to protect the thumb from going back to the side or possible re-injury", Smart said. After Antetokounmpo missed the second of two free throws and tried to tie up Celtics guard Terry Rozier for a jump ball, the All-Star big man was whistled for his sixth and final foul, and he angrily jumped up in frustration as a couple of his teammates stood in front of him so he wasn't whistled for a technical on his way off the floor. Morris is the Celtics' best one-on-one scorer and while he hasn't totally bought into Stevens' system, when everything else breaks down at the end of a lengthy possession, he can create his own shot. "With were we are now, he's going to be more of a featured scorer".