Celtics keep Giannis in check in Game 1 win over Bucks
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 01, 2019,
May 01, 2019, 1:19
As the first team to advance to the second round, the Celtics had plenty of time to rest and prepare for the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2019 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Al Horford, Marcus Morris and a mixture of other Celtics were able to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo en route to 22 points.
The Boston Celtics didn't simply win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals over the Milwaukee Bucks, they dominated the Eastern Conference's top-ranked team 112-90. Game two is now a must win for Milwaukee.
As much as Kyrie Irving (26 points), Al Horford (20), Jaylen Brown (19), and Gordon Hayward's (13) took care of things on the offensive end, Boston's defense reigned supreme.
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"As great as he's been, he hasn't been ideal every night", Budenholzer said. Boston made a high percentage of mid-range shots that probably won't fall at the same rate Tuesday night.
Anthony Clark, a senior, said although the series sweep against the Pacers gave him confidence, he is concerned about the Milwaukee team.
It's in fact the Celtics who will be going blind into Game 2 and the Bucks who will have to set the pace for the entire game throughout.
This is Irving's first postseason with the Celtics as he missed the majority of the second half of the season and the playoffs with an injury. This means that the Bucks will have to rely on players, such as Lopez, Middleton, and of course Giannis to pick up the slack and make that break in Game 2 the team will need to restore its moral.