Everyone remembers where they were for the Thon Maker game. Part of that was because it was two days ago, part of that is because it was unforgettable. Milwaukee has a chance to even the series now after looking down for the count after game two.
Milwaukee looked far more engaged in game three, getting off to a fast start and blitzing the Celtics from jump. Their 13-27 performance from three punctuated an offensive style far more predicated on spacing the floor and letting it rip than the trepidation they showed in prior games. Defensively, Prunty finally tasked the team with switching whatever they could, creating a lockdown, frenetic D the likes of which Milwaukee hasn’t shown all year. Here’s hoping he sticks with it today.
Player to Watch: Thon Maker
With John Henson listed as doubtful again today, expect Maker to sop up just as many minutes as he did in game three. His blocks and energy whipped the team and crowd into a frenzy. All props to Playoff Thon emerging once more.
It seemed as if Brad Stevens didn’t have Thon Maker prepped in his scouting report at all. Now that he’s had a full day and proper game tape to review, it will be fascinating to see what his adjustments are to try and counter Milwaukee’s spacing. Boston’s backcourt was sapped of most of its energy in game three,
Player to Watch: Terry Rozier
Rozier dominated Eric Bledsoe in the first two games, starting the war of words and backing it up with impressive play. In game three, Bledsoe finally got the better of him, holding him to nine points and turning him over five times. Rozier’s gaffes finally gave Milwaukee a shot in the arm offensively. His issues sparked some of Milwaukee’s transition dunks and deep threes, the Bucks better hope his disappearing act in game three continues today.