Well, that didn't go well.
Neither the Celtics nor Bucks had much to play for in terms of playoff positioning on the final night of the season, and by the fourth quarter of their matchup in Milwaukee that was rather obvious. After three quarters of mostly normal basketball, Jason Kidd and Brad Stevens let their benches duke it out down the stretch, with Stevens' scrubs ultimately claiming a 105-100 win on Fan Appreciation Night in Milwaukee. Uninspiring stuff for sure, though the bigger deal was happening 90 miles south in Chicago, where the Bulls came back to beat the Hawks' B-team to claim the third seed and set up a date with the Bucks in the East's first round. No rational Bucks fan had any particular interest in that scenario...but so it goes.
As for the game in Milwaukee? Well, both teams moved the ball exceptionally well (a whopping 37 assists for Boston, 35 from Milwaukee), with hot-shooting nights from Khris Middleton (18 points on 8/10 fg) and Ersan Ilyasova (21 points on 8/13 shooting) offset by a career night from Gigi Datome (22 points on 9/15 fg) and 16 points apiece from Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynyk. O.J. Mayo (16 points) did his best to keep the Bucks' second unit competitive in the fourth, but ultimately a lineup featuring Mayo, Tyler Ennis, Jorge Gutierrez, Johnny O'Bryant and Miles Plumlee didn't have enough firepower or defensive cohesion to scrape out a win. The seventh seeded Celtics moved to 40-42 with their sixth straight win, while the Bucks (41-41) blew a chance at a winning record...which simultaneously doesn't really matter and also kind of stinks.
Otherwise: Michael Carter-Williams couldn't keep up his recent hot shooting (2/8 fg, 3/3 ft, 7 pts), though he did add five boards and five assists with just one turnover in 22 minutes. The news was decidedly less positive for Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was mostly invisible in 29 disengaged minutes (1/6 fg, 1/2 ft, 3 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast). Giannis didn't touch the ball much in the regular flow of the Bucks offense and didn't seem intent on shooting when he did, but hopefully he'll be back to his usual self on Saturday when the Bucks head to Chicago. Among the non-regulars, Tyler Ennis played extended minutes and did some nice things (11 pts, 8 assists), though he also had more than his share of "20-year-old rookie" moments (5/13 shooting, 4 turnovers).
Bring on the Bulls, eh?