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Bucks vs. Celtics Game Two Preview: Milwaukee Looks to Even the Series

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It can’t be much worse than game one, right?

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks will look to avenge their embarrassing game one loss to the Boston Celtics at the Fiserv Forum. Luckily for the Bucks, you cannot play any worse than they did to start out the series.

Bucks Update

Milwaukee’s 112-90 loss to Boston was the Bucks first loss of the postseason.

Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled mightily against an aggressive Celtics defense on Sunday...mostly Al Horford. Giannis finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while only shooting 7-of-21 from the field.

Khris Middleton added 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in 34 minutes. Nikola Mirotic provided a nice spark off the bench in game one, he had 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from deep. Pat Connaughton was awful (2-10 from the field). Was Eric Bledsoe anywhere to be found?

The loss accentuated Malcolm Brogdon’s absence, but it sounds like he’s getting closer to a potential return. Also, more Tony Snell, please.

Player To Watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo

I usually try and not choose Giannis as the player to watch, but how he comes out of the gates tonight will be interesting. We’ve rarely seen him get dominated like he did in game one, so I am positive that he’s motivated to carry his team to a win. A 30-point performance could be on the horizon for an angry Greek Freak.

Celtics Update

I feel like ALL Boston sports teams get an absurd amount of luck in the postseason.

Kyrie Irving was a wizard and tallied 26 points and 11 assists while finishing the afternoon plus-20 in game one. Al Horford, who has been killing the Bucks since 2009-10 finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Jaylen Brown was huge for Boston, finishing with 19 points.

Aron Baynes is “questionable” for game two after suffering an ankle sprain on an awkward fall. Marcus Smart is also listed as “out.” For what it’s worth, sounds like Stevens expects Baynes to play.

Player To Watch: Jaylen Brown

Boston is already tough enough to beat with Kyrie and Al clicking, but when they get the kind of production from Brown that they did in game one...they are nearly unstoppable. JB hit some tough step back threes in game one, so it’ll be interesting to see if those tough shots fall tonight for Boston.


Poll

Game 2: Against the Celtics, the Bucks will...

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  • 30%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (123 votes)
  • 37%
    Win close (by 9 or less points)
    (154 votes)
  • 23%
    Lose close (by 9 or less points)
    (96 votes)
  • 9%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (37 votes)
410 votes total Vote Now