The intensity of the Playoffs are rising in the Eastern Conference. The Milwaukee Bucks welcome the Boston Celtics in their homecourt. Currently, the Bucks are leading in the series 2-1. A win would mean they would extend the lead to 3-1 and put some distance between them and their opponents. While the trailing Celtics would want to earn a win to even the series before they head home for Game 5.
The Milwaukee Bucks went with their starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. The Boston Celtics decided to start with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams and Al Horford.
With the opening tip, the Milwaukee Bucks started the game running, going on a 8-2 run. The Celtics managed to snap the streak but the Bucks already held the momentum of the game. The Bucks moved the ball around and made sure everyone was getting touches.
The Celtics made some changes on defense, containing Giannis as much as they can to make t hard for him to score points. So he got the ball to be rotated on the perimeter so that the wing shooters could shoot. They shot poorly but got 3 of them to fall. The Celtics were in a horrible shape as they were relying on the perimeter too but they could not attack at all.
In the 2nd quarter, the Celtics were shooting the ball much better. Their passes were going to their mark and they were capitalizing on the open spaces they create as a result of their passing. The Bucks had to work through those mismatches on the defensive end. But on the offensive end, the Celtics could not contain Giannis. He was making his shots and harassing Horford who was his mark. The Bucks had a lead on the first half with a score of 48-47.
In the 3rd quarter, Giannis abandoned making shots from the perimeter just because his opponents were doing so and he started to take the ball to the rack. He ran towards the basket with only kill in his mind. He was making his shots despite the defenders clogging the paint and showed the Celtics why they should fear him. Jrue Holiday was attacking as well and they widened their lead. On a play Giannis posterizes Horford and says something back to him.
That might have been a mistake that the Greek Freak would hopefully not regret later as he awoke the 35 year old veteran. The 4th quarter was all Horford who went on the offensive with all his bag of tricks as a veteran. He drove to the rim and posterized Giannis. He stepped behind the 3-point line and made all his 3s as a testament of his anger towards Giannis.
Tatum supported Horford and the Celtics were able to take the lead. The Bucks tried their hand on the offensive but they simply could not do anything towards the end of the quarter. They missed their shots and most importantly, they let their lead being taken away with the final buzzer being sounded.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with a monster double-double of 34 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Brook Lopez supported him with 17 points, 7 rebounds and a block. Jrue Holiday did a bit of everything with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Al Horford came out with a playoff career high performance of 30 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a block. Jayson Tatum was on a roll as well with a double-double of 30 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Jaylen Brown put up 18 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Marcus Smart had a decent game with 18 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks.
Takeaways from Game 4
The Boston Celtics were the victors of the Game 4 with a scoreline of 116-108. They have now tied the series before they go to their territory for Game 5. The Bucks need another player to step up with Giannis if they want to win the championship. On top of that they need to tighten their perimeter game to force misses. Plus they need to make good and efficient shots. Let’s see what Game 5 brings!