Giannis Antetokounmpo's Game-Winner Ties Bucks-Celtics Series at 2-2
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 23, 2018,
Apr 23, 2018, 12:32
Boston will look to retake the series lead at home on Tuesday. "Every game is a must win".
Beyond Giannis Antetokounmpo turning it up to another level (and killing a man on national television), Milwaukee has stormed back in this series thanks to the rest of the cast. I felt like (Friday) was a must win.
DeMar DeRozan started 0 for six before winding up with 35 points, six assists and six rebounds. From draping his arm around teammates to keep them calm to giving advice in real time from the bench; Jaylen is the living embodiment of that I'm-The-Captain-Now meme, and it's working for the Celtics.
"For me, it's about seeing the offense, finding my spots to be aggressive. just playing in rhythm". "Guys just, we have to be better, including myself". I've been making those plays all year long. Many in the National Basketball Association believe role players perform much better at home than on the road, but the Bucks can't afford their supporting cast to suddenly disappear.
After trailing by as many as 28 points in its Game 3 loss, Boston again fell behind by 20 in the third quarter.
Smart had previously suggested he hoped to return by Game 7 of the first round or the beginning of the second round, so the time. We still had a chance to win. Parker, in particular, gave the team a lift in the first half with perhaps his best defensive play of the year after forcing turnovers on two straight Boston possessions at one point. Their worst moment of the game came at the end of the first quarter, when the Bucks converted a basket to take a five-point lead before perpetual irritant Mathew Dellavedova stole an ill-advised groundball inbounds pass from Morris and laid it in at the buzzer. Backup C Thon Maker blocked five shots and played most of the fourth quarter.
"I think it's just a matter of you have to that post-surgery healed to be able to take a hit even with the brace on it", Stevens said.
Hill had an MRI on Saturday, but the results weren't back.
Game 4 is Sunday in Milwaukee.
When they defend the way they did on Friday night against the Boston Celtics, they're almost unstoppable. Middleton had eight points in the fourth. Bledsoe, outplayed by Rozier in the first two games, shot 8 of 13. Those two players made a significant impact on Games 3 and 4, to say the least. The seven 3-pointers tied a franchise playoff record, also held by Reggie Miller twice, Chuck Person and Paul George.
Bogdanovic said he was most pleased with his defense against James. I thought it was down. The Celtics have been great on the road, and knew that a game four victory would likely make this a quick series.
"Everybody who stepped on the floor played hard, played together", Antetokounmpo said.
But that in no way means the regular season was a waste, and neither is this trip to the playoffs. "We've never been through this type of adversity", said Ginobili.
Khris Middleton backed his way into the paint as the clock ticked down, turning and draining a six-foot bank shot to make it 22-17 with 1.4 seconds to play.