The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, and the Milwaukee Bucks get another crack at the Boston Celtics tonight. Everybody’s focus will be on this contest this evening, and for the fellow armchair coaches out there, Zach Lowe has some excellent suggestions for what the Bucks ought to do tonight. My favorite:
Boston struggled to score and ran aground late. The Celtics subsisted on bailout jumpers, random offensive rebounds and some embarrassing Milwaukee mistakes. The Bucks even switched some, benched Thon Maker and played most of crunch time with Giannis Antetokounmpo at center. Those lineups are not as good we’d all like to think. They bled points in the regular season. Milwaukee and Boston tied in 11 minutes with Antetokounmpo at center in Game 1.
But when Al Horford is at center, the Celtics don’t have the heft or manic rebounding to hurt smaller Milwaukee groups. Any counter by Brad Stevens to play Aron Baynes and Greg Monroe more is probably a win for Milwaukee. The Bucks should be open to more Giannis-at-center in Game 2.