Bucks Destroy The Celtics' Defense To Bag Game 1

Bucks Destroy The Celtics’ Defense To Bag Game 1

The 2nd round of the Playoffs have finally commenced. The first matchup is between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics are coming off a sweep against the Brooklyn Nets while the Bucks arrived after decimating the Chicago Bulls. Much anticipation is unfolding between the two teams considering that both of them are favorites to lift the title.

The Boston Celtics started with a starting lineup of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams III. The Milwaukee Bucks started with Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Celtics started the scoring with Al Horford shooting a 3-pointer. The Bucks responded with a monstrous dunk from the Greek Freak. The fans were on the edge of their seat after witnessing such a start to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

As usual Giannis was doing everything on the court and getting his teammates involved in the game as well. The Celtics were moving the ball around really well and they were choosing their shots according to the spot that they take for the shots to fall. However, relying on the 3-pointer has caused them to waste a lot of possessions.

Despite Celtics interior defense to hold off Giannis, he continued to torch them. By doing so the Celtics defense got pushed further in, leaving the wing shooters open. The Bucks draned there 3s and widened the gap a bit. The Celtics offense was working as well and Jayson Tatum was not letting the Greek Freak get the better of him. The Bucks took the 1st half with a score of 56-46.

Once the 2nd half started, the Celtics went on the offensive and tried to slim the deficit down as much as possible. But the Bucks kept pulling ahead. This time it was Jrue Holiday pulling the team. On the defensive end, the Bucks defense was frazzling the Celtics offense and on the offensive side, Holiday was controlling the pace of the game. Despite Tatum’s efforts, the Celtics were not able to close the gap.

Holiday continued with his attack coming into the 4th quarter. The Celtics gave up too many possessions through turnovers which is the reason why they could not close the gap. This goes to show that the Celtics defense is good but the Bucks were proving themselves as the superior one in that aspect.

The reason being is that Giannis never slacks off in the court. Seeing which neither of his teammates give an inch to their opponents to lurk up behind them. Ultimately, the bucks sustained their lead and the Celtics succumbed in Game 1.

Box Score

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Jaylen Brown was shut down by the Bucks defense as he put up only 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. To add on to that he had 7 turnovers. Al Horford did a little bit of everything as he put up a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.

Jrue Holiday led the Bucks in scoring with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Giannis was all over the court with a triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and 2 blocks. Bobby Portis showed up with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Takeaways from Game 1

The Milwaukee Bucks take Game 1 in the series with a scoreline of 101-89. Despite not having Khris Middleton, they stamped their authority as the superior team especially on the defensive end. With Game 2 happening in the Boston TD Garden, the Celtics will have to adjust their strategies if they want to stay one step ahead of the defending champions.

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