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NBA Playoffs: Giannis Gala and Choking Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks also set a small exclamation mark without Khris Middleton in game 1 of the Conference Semifinals at the Boston Celtics. In the 101: 89 success, Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the field badly, but dominated all other facets of the game. Disassemble the stars of the Celtics.

Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a triple double (24 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) and was the man of the game despite the bad throw rate (9/25 FG, 6/11 ft). Top scorer at the Bucks was Jrue Holiday with 25 points, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and convinced on the defensive (3 steals). As Middleton representative, Bobby Portis also contributed a double double (15 points, 10 rebounds).

The two stars on the part of the Celtics each showed a weak performance. Jayson Tatum put on 21 points, but fell back into old patterns (6/18 FG) when it came to efficiency, and Jaylen Brown also experienced a real horror evening (12, 4/13 FG, 7 to). Robert Williams returned to the Starting Five after his injury, Daniel Theis only came from the bank to 4 minutes (2 points, 1 rebound).

The first possession of the Bucks was a sample for one of the most important matchup in the series: Giannis against Horford. The experienced Big Man forced a turnover, a problem that for Milwaukee extended through the entire first quarter. The Bucks made 7 ball losses, but the Celtics could only make a little out of the resulting carnival situations, even the numerous open threes did not really want to fall (4/11 3 FG).

After a timeout and a heated discussion between Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer and Holiday, guests put more pressure on the ball on the defensive and forced the Celts to mistake. Giannis found its way into the zone several times and served his team councils on the Perimeter (4 Assists), whereby Milwaukee narrowly be ahead after the first 12 minutes (27:24).

Giannis Antetokounmpo is against Boston everywhere

The star duo of the Celts consisting of Tatum and Brown was not a factor in the first round (together 5/18 FG, 6 tons), Tatum was often dribbling and had problems to complete the ring. Giannis, on the other hand, made a dominant first half (14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists), the Greek was directly involved in 34 points of the Bucks and mercilessly pressed his stamp on the game. Milwaukee caused the most damage from a distance (10/20 3FG), this resulted in a 10-point leadership of the guests at half-time.

At the start of the second half, Tatum sank his first two attempts from Downtown and seemed to make the weak first half forgotten. But the guests quickly took the wind out of their sails. Holiday made hell to the Perimeter players of the Celtics on the defensive, Brook Lopez patrolled in his back in the zone and protected the basket. The Bucks cooled down a bit (0/8 3FG), but Holiday and Portis kept the guests afloat on the offensive. Towards the end of the third quarter, Giannis collected his third and fourth foul in an unnecessary way and then had to go to the bench, but even from the minutes without the Greek Freak, Boston was unable to capitalize.

In the final quarter, the guests made clear conditions early on and kept their leadership constantly in the double -digit range. After a Holiday triple for 92:78, Brad Stevens saw enough that the TV cameras caught the way, as the Celtics president left his place around seven minutes before the end. A real rearing of the Celts failed to materialize, ultimately Head Coach IMe Udoka threw the white towel two minutes before the final buzzer and emptied his bank.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Postgame Interview - Game 1 | Bucks vs Celtics | 2022 NBA Playoffs

Boston Celtics (2) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3) 89: 101 (BoxScore), series: 0-1

  • The first half was exactly as the Bucks imagine. They locked the zone and invited Boston to a lot of three. The Celtics met 10 of them, but 18 also went wrong. In general, 28 distances were a new playoff record for the Celtics in one half. Opposite were only 18 degrees in the zone and only 11 directly on the ring. The second quarter was symbolically for the Celtics at halftime. Of 16 degrees, there were 10 triples.
  • Milwaukee’s offense also dependent on the three (10/20 in half -time one), the Bucks got much more light points. In the Fastbreak alone, the guests already had 18 points during the break (BOS: 6). However, the threes of the Bucks were also much more freely because Anteteokounmpo pulled so much help. The Greek had started treading (7 tons in the first quarter), but the Bucks subsequently got these problems under control.
  • Boston met in the end better from outside (36 percent) than from the two area (29.4, a total of 34 percent from the field), such things are seen extremely rarely. If you combine this with 18 ball losses – Milwaukee generated 11 steals – this is a fairly toxic mix. By the way: The Celtics met worse last time almost three years ago – in the Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • And another stat on Boston’s debacle from the two area. According to Stadhead, the shot clock era only occurred three times this evening that a team sank fewer than 10 field goals from the two area, combined regular season and playoffs! In the Garbage Time, the Celtics still reached this brand, but it is another indicator of the dominance of the Bucks in the zone.

Celtics vs. Bucks: The voices for the game

IME UDOLA (Head Coach Celtics): “We didn’t make a good decisions. I found that Jayson and Jaylen were not in their rhythm today and missed some throws they normally make.”

The star of the game: Giannis Antetokounmpo

His odds may look weak for his conditions, but that was a demonstration of the Greek strength. Above all, the passing game of the reigning final MVP was impressive, Giannis always surprised the Celtics defenses with passes from difficult angles or no-look passes. The Jumper fell, his presence was visible under the basket, since Boston hardly took any degrees on the ring-due to the enormous respect for the 27-year-old.

The flop of the game: Jaylen Brown

That was a relapse into the old days. Brown partly afforded Hanebüche ball losses, which Milwaukee mercilessly punished in transition. His drives usually led to nothing, so the forward was hardly a factor. Later in the game it seemed to want to force Brown, but hardly anything went together. If the Celtics want to be successful in this series, significantly more has to come.

the scene of the game

That was a statement. The dominance of Antetocounmpo can no longer be described better than with this scene around six minutes before the end. Grant Williams seemed to have stopped the Greeks, but he turned at the height of the free -wire line, threw the ball towards the board and then stuffed his own “mistake” through the reuse. T-Mac was certainly proud.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks: The series at a glance

Game Date Time Home About result
1 1. May 7 p.m. Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks 89:101
2 4. May 1 o’clock Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks
3 7. May 9:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics
4 10. May 1.30 a.m. Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics
5* 12. May TBD Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks
6* 14. May TBD Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics
7* 16. May TBD Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks