Milwaukee's 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics means the Bucks can close out the conference semifinals Wednesday at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks bested the Celtics by nine points in the third quarter in Game 3. He set the tone for them, I think when he came in, they were playing harder and they were moving the ball. This is the first year in my time watching basketball that I don't blame anyone for declaring a series over with a game left. "I'm that great of a shooter".
"If we're honest with you, when Giannis and Khris (Middleton) go to the bench, you're concerned", Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after his reserves outscored Boston's 32-7 in the game and turned a 59-all tie into a 78-68 lead. "You know, seeing two, three bodies, sometimes four, still kicking out and trying to make the right plays". It's nearly like Kyrie has his mind already on his new team and isn't focused on this series, as he's missing even the wide open looks from three and easy layups.
In a decisive Game 1 win against Milwaukee, the Celtics offered a clinic on how to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jaylen Brown, a professional, didn't talk to them about this, but looking at them and how down they were, they couldn't wait for the season to be over because that's how bad things had gotten.
The crowd inside TD Garden, where Milwaukee lost to Boston four times in the playoffs last season, was deafening.
"For me, the 22 shots?"
The Celtics are speading the offensive load with Irving, Morris and Jaylen Brown all finishing the half with 11 points, Boston has 13 assists on 17 made field goals. "We need to all play better on Wednesday".
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The Bucks have won three straight since losing the opener of the best-of-seven series at home. With about five minutes left in the second, the Bucks scored eight straight points to tie it.
Runs-Milwaukee has had a bunch of them in this series-have killed the Celtics.
The final nail in the coffin came when Perkins reminded everyone the Celtics made it further in the playoffs previous year without Irving.
"Yeah that was killer", Stevens said. Their bench comes in and they have no drop-off.
The Celtics could get a key player back in guard Marcus Smart, who participated in practice Sunday. Though Irving stepped up his game defensively during the regular season - drawing 13 charges and being more active in general - his effort has seemingly waned during the postseason. Irving has had a number of defining games in his career.