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Milwaukee vs. Boston: The Bucks Flexed Their Muscles Against the Celtics

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I’m running out of adjectives to describe this Milwaukee Bucks team.

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 113-101 in game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last night at the TD Garden. The Bucks just beat the Celtics on the road back-to-back times in the playoffs...when was the last time that happened? The Milwaukee Bucks are one victory away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Here are three Bucks who helped Milwaukee keep the foot on the gas against Boston.

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up an all-time clinic.

With the Bucks struggling to knock down shots in the first quarter, Giannis helped keep things steady by navigating his way through the paint for easy scores. However, he saved his best for last. With the Bucks ahead by eight beginning the fourth quarter, the MVP went to work. He finished with 17 points and put the nail in the Celtics coffin. The C’s had no answer for him all game, but in the fourth, it seemed like Boston just gave up and let him get whatever he wanted. For the game, he poured in 39 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one blocked shot in 34 minutes. He made 15-of-22 shots from the floor and 7-of-10 free throws. Another part of his game that I loved last night was the fact that he was attacking Al Horford in the post in the first half. He broke out a few post moves and showed brilliant footwork on multiple attempts. That’s there for him every single time.

The Milwaukee Bucks really got George Hill for a sack of potatoes.

After a hot performance in game three, Hill was up to his usual tricks last night against the Celtics. In 27 minutes he converted on 6-of-11 shots for 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. He really came alive in the second half and helped the Bucks keep a lead heading into the final frame especially with Antetokounmpo on the bench due to foul trouble. His ability to get to the rack has opened up a ton of things offensively for Milwaukee, and he’s just picking Boston apart this series. Where would the Bucks be without George Hill in this series?

Eric Bledsoe was much better tonight than in game three.

In 28 minutes, Bledsoe scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Even though his shot was not falling (0-of-4 from deep), he was relentless at attacking the teeth of Boston’s defense and getting to the rim. He’s at his best when he’s driving to the lane rather than settling for jump shots early in the shot clock. Defensively, he was harassing Kyrie Irving all night. He did a fantastic job at chasing Irving around screens and making life difficult for him. Kyrie finished 7-of-22 from the floor for 23 points...you just HATE to see it.

Bonus Bucks

  • Brook Lopez showed signs of life in the fourth quarter which certainly was refreshing. He’s been struggling from the field all series but did have some crucial buckets in the fourth quarter. Overall, he scored seven points and hauled in eight boards.
  • Pat Connaughton had some peaks and valleys yesterday. He scored nine points and did finish plus-22, but did have some serious defensive blunders. His impact in this series has been undeniable thought (since game one).
  • Milwaukee’s defense did a great job at contesting pretty much every Celtics shot. They made only 37.8 percent of their shots and 22 percent of their three-pointers. A handful of their makes were heavily contested by the Bucks.
  • The Bucks handed out 25 assists compared to only eight turnovers...that’ll do.