Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Brad Stevens Excited For Younger Celtics To Have Magnified Roles In Playoffs

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Kristopher Love | 16 April, 2018, 04:52

The goal for Boston will be to lean into their league-best defense to take control of the game, ensuring that it's played in their style and at their pace.

To finish off a 19-3 C's run, Morris knocked down a three and drew a foul in the process. The teams have seen the over go 7-2-1 in their last 10 meetings overall and 8-1-1 in their last 10 meetings here. And the Bucks committed a whopping eight turnovers compared to the C's two. Milwaukee recently got Brogdon back from his torn quad but it will take some time for him to get back up to full speed in game situations. "Sometimes it might mean taking tough shots and making tough shots".

7- The series, which kicks off at the TD Garden on Sunday at 1:00 PM, is a match up of the Eastern Conference's second and seventh seeds.

Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each finished the first-half with a team-leading 16 points/each. The Warriors covered the spread at -3.5, while the game comfortably went over the total of 200.5 points. But this time Rozier is the lead guard, responsible for running the offense against Milwaukee's great point guard, Eric Bledsoe.

It was 92-91 with less than a minute to play when a pair of free throws by Horford made it 94-91.

Here's when it started to get a bit insane over at The Garden. Jaylen Brown (14.5 points, 4.9 boards), rookie Jayson Tatum (13.9 points, five rebounds), Greg Monroe, Terry Rozier (11.3 points), Marcus Morris (13.6 points, 5.4 rebounds) and Aron Baynes are key pieces in the rotation. He made two free-throws to put the Celtics in front 110-106 with 18.8 remaining. And if not for this Khris Middleton buzzer-beater, they would've taken the game in regulation.

What happened next was simply unbelievable. He makes it! Tying things up at 99-99, forcing overtime in game one of the best of seven series. Cementing himself as one of the game's top young stars, Antetokounmpo proved to be a handful for just about every team he played this season.

The Celtics dominated in the first quarter and won in 29-17, but the Bucks responded in the second period, allowing just four points in the opening eight minutes, but Boston somehow scored 15 points in opposite to the Bucks' 30.

The major task for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will be limiting The Greek Freak's impact throughout the first round playoff series.

"There's been a chip on the shoulder since (Gordon) Hayward went down", the Celtics point guard said.

Antetokounmpo got the line for a three-point game with 14.8 seconds on the clock, but Rozier grabbed the rebound of the second miss and a loose-ball foul was called - with one official overruling the other's jump-ball call - for Antetokounmpo's sixth of the game.

The Milwaukee Bucks shot 48.2 percent from the field while the Celtics shot 41.5 percent, and they still lost.

The Milwaukee Bucks have another chance to steal home court advantage before going home for game three.