The Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to Milwaukee. This Celtics led by 11 at the half and the game was close through out and the Celtics ended up closing the deal by five. It got chippy with some pushing and shoving in the third quarter with Celtics Terry Rozier and Bucks Eric Bledsoe. This has been something on going since Game 1 when Rozier called Bledsoe "Drew Bledsoe" when asked about him after Game 1, Bledsoe has since responded by saying "Who?" whenever he's asked about Rozier. This is playoff basketball and there should physical play when your competing for a championship.
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The Celtics were led by their other All-Star (not named Kyrie Irving) AL Horford who had a double-double with 22 points and rebounds. Terry Rozier who has filled in nicely in the absence of Kyrie Irving continues to play well contributed with 16 points and 5 assist. Jaylen Brown chipped in with 14 points and 6 rebounds has been the most consistent Celtic thus far this series. Marcus Smart who is the emotional leader of the team made his playoff debut and played 25 minutes and scored 9 points.
The Celtics were the more aggressive team on the night getting to the free throw line 12 more times than the Bucks and it showed as they were a plus 10 (24-14). It also showed up in the rebounding department which they were a plus 13 (50-37) and they seemed to just go after it a little more than the Bucks.
The Bucks were led by Kris Middleton who again has been consistent for the Bucks all year long did not have a great shooting night (9-21) but still led the Bucks with 23 points. Former second overall pick Jabari Parker played well again chipping in with 17 points on 7-15 shooting from the field and pulled down 8 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had 16 points on 5-15 shooting and he and Celtics guard Rozier went at all night.
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Bucks young superstar Giannis Antetokoumpo had an ok good overall game with a double-double and was just one assist shy of a triple-double scoring 16 points pulling down 10 rebounds and 9 assist. I don’t believe as good as he is and superstar on the rise in a pivotal Game 5 with the series tied 2-2 that he should only be attempting 10 shots. There were three players who attempted more shots than he did Bledsoe (15), Middleton (21), and Parker (15) that be the case in a crucial Game 5. If the Bucks want to bring a Game 7 back to the TD Garden arena Giannis is going to have to attempt more than 10 shots.
Game 6: Thursday 4/26
What To Watch For: Will Giannis be more aggressive?
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