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Celtics to face Bucks in first round of playoffs

16 Avril 2018

Game Two is in Boston on Wednesday. Boston was able to win games because it rode its stellar defense.

No. 3 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (52-30) vs. The Bucks still fought on, however, even taking a 3-2 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs before falling in seven games.

IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third.

After battling for the lead after a tiresome amount of ties, Morris had a nice finish on an isolation play and then Brown followed up by knocking down a wide-open three, to put the Celtics up by five with 4:31 to play in the third.

That was the case a week ago, when the Bucks shot 54.4 percent of the field en route to a 106-102 win.

Entering this season, one of the Bucks' biggest weaknesses was that they sorely lacked a dynamic, change of pace point guard who could shoulder some of the gargantuan workload that had been heaped upon the team's leading superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Middleton is a solid secondary scorer, averaging 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, Parker is rounding into shape after his second ACL tear and is a risky small-ball power forward and Snell is a 3-and-D guy who hit 40.3 percent of his 3-pointers, but rarely plays with enough confidence. Did anyone really think they would win that many games when they continued to see players like Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving and many others? He has a talented supporting cast with Khris Middelton (an extremely underrated scorer) and Eric Bledsoe, not to mention Malcolm Brogdon off the bench.

Boston doesn't play in the hallowed Boston Garden anymore but the luck of the Irish and the ghosts of Havlicek, Cousy, Bird, McHale and Russell live on.

Boston Celtics have edged Milwaukee Bucks in an overtime National Basketball Association playoff thriller, involving buzzer-beating three-pointers. On the flip side, the Celtics were 18th in offensive rating (105.2), 14th in true shooting (55.2) and 15th in EFG (51.8), which basically means they're quite average at putting the ball in the basket.

Antetokounmpo would knock down two free throws to cut the Celtics lead to 91-89, before Horford would extend the lead to 92-89 with 56 seconds left. Veteran Al Horford led the team with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum had 19 and 10. If and when that happens, he'll steal minutes from Shane Larkin, Terry Rozier and possibly Jaylen Brown at the two.

"I just love playing with these guys and they just give me all the confidence in the world, but this year is probably the best one", he said. They still have five or six players they can trust to hit their open shots, and get into double digit scoring.

Boston's defense - Particularly with Irving out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Celtics offense doesn't look particularly potent.

"I've got some serious responsibility", he said. The Celtics finished the regular season with the second best record in the conference as a result. It seemed that through every injury on the roster, whether it be season-ending or just a small tweak, Boston never missed a beat. The Celtics won 113-107 in overtime. The Warriors covered the spread at -3.5, while the game comfortably went over the total of 200.5 points. He makes it! Tying things up at 99-99, forcing overtime in game one of the best of seven series. Less than one second remained on the clock.

Celtics to face Bucks in first round of playoffs