When a player takes 4 steps without putting the ball on the floor it is traveling, even in the NBA - Giannis lucked out out and GOT a foul called on the defensive guy who was in great position. When you go over a guys back/shoulder from behind, you will get called for a foul; even in the NBA. The contact on the guys shoulder from behind WAS and it a foul everytime, even in the NBA. Giannis DIDNT touch the ball first - he went over and hit the guys shoulder FIRST. Even LeBron gets called for a foul in that situation. It was great great effort by Giannis, but it was a foul. Very good effort by the Bucks in this game and the Celtics are NOT the same team without K. Irving. Bucks could very well win this series, although unlikely.
I have a very different outlook of this game than you guys. There was so much that didn't go the Bucks way that could've won them that game.
What they did wrong-
Offensive rebounding, fouling, missed shots. Those were the three things that killed them. The rebounding was bad by the numbers, but in reality, Boston got so many lucky bounces. I don't know if I've ever seen so many shots go careening off the rim right to a Celtic on the perimeter. And those typically end in baskets for the offensive team because there's nothing set. Sure, they need to do a better job at it, but some of it was just dumb luck. But I'll give up some offensive rebounds if we're going small and not getting killed in the pick and roll by having more capable defenders out there. The fouling was rough. Some of it was on the refs, but Giannis has to learn to control himself on the perimeter. He so badly wants the steal, he reaches so much. They're going to call him for those reaches and he needs to just body up Horford. And the missed shots...my goodness Tony Snell and Jabari. Snell missed all three 3's, all of which were good, open looks at crucial moments that he clanked. And Jabari was horrendous. Everything keys in on Jabari being in the action vs not. If he's man to man on defense, he's engaged, hand checking and rebounding. If his man doesn't have the ball, he couldn't care less and is so disinterested in trying to rebound. Same thing on offense. If he has a mismatch, he needs to take it to the post, but he just drifts outside. It's infuriating. Also, Bledsoe was terrible the first 3 quarters. He was missing shots, turning it over...that'll correct itself. He's been so good the last two months, he'll get back to it, but clearly he had some jitters.
What they did right-
Giannis, Middleton, Giannis-center, clutch shot making-Giannis and Middleton were incredible. I fear that Middleton won't have that same type of shooting again. He found a couple sweet spots on the corner and drained 3's which he'll typically miss. Giannis can't be guarded by the Celtics and Giannis knows it. He was ultra-aggressive to a fault and slaughtered them. I'm always leery of Giannis-center because we give up rebounding even more, but he can guard Horford. And the offensive set every time up with that lineup was money. Giannis brought it up, the other four spread the floor and forced Horford to stand in front of Giannis and it worked, to the point it got Brogdon open for a split second as Rozier crashed the lane to draw help on Giannis leaving Brogdon open to tie the game with 12 seconds to go.
Of those two categories, I like that we have the upper-hand on things we can control. Lucky bounces, and some bad, timely misses will correct themselves. Boston isn't going to find a defender to defend Giannis at the end of their bench.
I worry about the officiating. They gave Giannis a lot of lee-way and there wasn't anything overly egregious about anything he did. They wanted every travel and charging call, but Giannis is so fast and long that it looks like he's traveling but he's not. But the crowd and Brad Stevens were so up in the arms, screaming every time Giannis got a call or didn't get a call on him, it started to lean the officials the other way. I fear he's going to get a quick whistle from here on out which is Giannis's biggest monster.
As for Bledsoe on the last possession that Rozier hit the 3...he was looking for a screen. He thought one was coming the whole time and was looking side to side. He just got burned as Horford set a perfect screen a few possession before which left Rozier open for a made 3 to go up 3. He thought it was coming again, the second he looked to his right instinctively, Rozier crossed, Bledsoe was then slow to react, Rozier then stepped back and it left him wide open. It didn't matter if Bledsoe would've went running back at him, in fact I'm glad he didn't. If he did, he would've been out of position for a potential rebound. Rozier is unbelievably clutch, but I don't think he's played the Bucks for extended minutes the whole season. Some film for Bledoe will do him good.
I liked the shortened lineup...Jennings and Wilson were inactive, the only bench guys to play were Parker, Brogdon, Zeller and Terry. Terry did a really nice job in the 18 minutes he played, but I wouldn't mind seeing Terry and Snell getting replaced for Dellavedova and Brown, respectively. There's enough offense on the floor. Replace those two with Delly's passing and screens and Brown's tenacious defense and it'd do us a lot of good.
For the record, Giannis's 6th foul where he tied up Rozier was not a foul. It was incomprehensible that two officials came in, called a jump ball and the third official ran in calling a foul and overruled them both. He saw Giannis's off arm wrapped around Rozier's body, but it didn't turn him at all. Giannis had equal mits on the ball as Rozier went to the ground. If you're not going to call a jump ball, then it's a travel. Giannis was livid and rightfully so, especially after he had just done the same thing to Jaylen Brown and got the jump ball. You can't have that kind of uneven officiating.