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Coulda, woulda, shoulda!!  Game 1 was there for the taking and the Bucks could not finish it off.  Yes the defense looked better - at times - but when it counted, they could not get a stop.  The shot that Rozier hit at the end of regulation - what was Bledsoe doing??  Put some effort in and at least contest.  And how many offensive rebounds did they give up??  Maybe 15.  Totally unacceptable.  

Tony Snell is a shell of a player right now.  What was he thinking on throwing that 3 from the corner up after the block on Brogdan?  He has no idea there were 6 seconds left on the clock.  He doesn't want to shoot and if he does, he has no confidence in it.  Might be time for him to sit down and get another threat on the floor.  Shabazz?  And I still hate seeing Jason Terry on the court.  
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That was just really poor. Maybe someday this team and its superstar will be ready for the big-time. Now is not that time though.
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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.  
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:
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.  
                                  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.
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safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
                                  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.


Not sure if you were watching the game that closely then. On the plays that Giannis took "4 steps" it was because he was clearly fouled on his 2nd step by an out of position defender, which knocked him off balance and led to two "extra steps" that are completely irrelevant because the whistle was, correctly, blown for a foul.
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Yeah, there was a play toward the end of OT where Horford could have been arrested for groping well before Giannis took any extra steps.
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Not sure if you were watching the game that closely then. On the plays that Giannis took "4 steps" it was because he was clearly fouled on his 2nd step by an out of position defender, which knocked him off balance and led to two "extra steps" that are completely irrelevant because the whistle was, correctly, blown for a foul.
                  He wasnt even touched on his first 2 steps. Had the defensive player just backed off, the play would have been traveling. They actually showed the play several times and the announcers stated the same thing I stated. When you take 2 steps and are up in the air, the ball has to be shot BEFORE you land the next 2 steps - basic basketball. Not arguing that he didnt get fouled, because he did get fouled. He just 'ran' into the bucket - a la LeBron and DID get fouled. He probably would NOT have been called for traveling had the defensive guy not fouled him. That is why today's NBA sucks so bad!
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:
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.  


The thing with Bledsoe and the last possession - they would have switched it anyway - so all he had to do was take the screener and stay with him.  He wasn't going to fight over it or through it.  And I just think quit then and didn't get back with a hand up.  He just stood there.  

I am with you on the sitting of Snell and Terry for Delly and Brown.  Right now, Snell brings nothing to the table and Terry is not a good defender and can't get himself a shot.  Delly will get into someone's grill and Brown seems to be around the ball and knocks down shots.  Parker has to play better.  I don't mind Zeller.  He can bang and won't be afraid to put someone on the floor.  I know his defense isn't very good, but Shabazz can score.  Not sure where he fits in, but I have a feeling he may be called on at some point here to give a spark.  
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So many things to break down in this thread-

Giannis 6th foul-I will defer to the NBA's last two minute report which breaks down calls/non-calls by refs in the final two minutes.  The report said Giannis' 6th foul was not a foul.  I'll defer to the NBA refs association for that take.  In any case, if two players go up for the ball and there isn't contact that impedes the front players movement upward and front to back, it is not an over the back.  

Giannis travel-the play you're referring to was when Giannis had Marcus Morris on his heels.  Morris was never set.  It is only in rare circumstances that a player will get called for charging without the defender set.  Morris was still backpedaling and tried to get set, but was still never close.  Giannis tried to Eurostep him and was moving faster than Morris who then collided together.  If Giannis wasn't bumped he would've gotten his third step down clean, dribbled for the "fourth step" starting the sequence over.  The bump took Giannis off balance which caused him to stutter step and take a quick 3rd and 4th step.  It was the right call.  

Rotations-Snell is going to start and continue to see minutes.  When we're not running bad defensive schemes and guys are allowed to defend 1 on 1, Snell is a positive.  He can stay in front of his man and uses his wide frame and long arms to his advantage.  He takes such few shots, its incredible to even think he's over 40% from 3 which he's been near 45% since the all-star break.  But because he takes such few shots, the ones he misses are exacerbated by thinking he's missing them all.  But he has to have some terrible clutch stats.  Sterling Brown is almost the opposite player.  In a 1 on 1 matchup, he's physical to a fault.  He gets called for a lot of touch fouls because of how physical he is, but in a roaming scheme, he tips a lot of balls and gets steals in passing lanes.  Brown has been horrendous from 3 over the last month or two shooting about 30%.  Some of that has to do with the fact he gets yanked from lineups and then thrown in for 20 minutes the next game so often, but his shooting is off and if he's not making 3's, it doesn't matter whether his defense is in line with Snell, he's not a net-positive.  

As for Terry-he talks.  He's out there because he's a coach on the floor and can hit 3's.  The problem is, you never know which Terry you'll get.  Some games he'll go 4-5 from 3, the next he'll go 1-5.  And when he's in, its with Bledsoe and you need shooting next to him.  His minutes were down (18) against BOS in game 1 because Brogdon is back.  I expect the same if not less the next game.  

We're not going to see a lot of messing around with lineups short of injury, foul issues or just a really bad offensive slump.  The lineups have to be tightened up and more rigid in the playoffs to get guys in a better position to be comfortable with each other.  Now, that should've been sorted out well ahead of the playoffs, but I'll blame injuries on that for the most part.

The last possession on Bledsoe...it wasn't getting switched.  They hadn't switched possession for awhile and the last thing you want is Bledsoe on Horford in a long shot scenario where a rebound is of the utmost important.  Like I said, Bled was looking for a screen that never came that put him off balance.
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the Celtics run plays the Bucks just play 1 on 1? Do the Bucks have an established offense?
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I don't even know where to begin.  Giannis was absolutely phenomenal.  He really looked like he was the only one trying out there tonight.  He posted one of the most insanely efficient stat lines of all time.  13/17, 30 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists.  I would nitpick his free throws as he went 4/9, but it was inconsequential to this game.  Middleton had another very nice game scoring 25 points, hitting 4 threes and being active and available.  Literally everyone else was trash.

I mentioned previously the rotations have to tighten up in the playoffs.  Prunty tightened the rotations in the 1st game and it was successful.  Tonight, everyone had a short leash.  There was never any consistency to anybody playing together and that hurts a team badly.

Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker were absolutely horrendous again.  Jabari played 10 minutes, shot twice and scored 0 points and managed a -15 in the +/- category.  I'll give Bledsoe a bit of a pass because he was so good the last two months, but he's just back to bad Bledsoe again and Rozier has him shook.  Jabari is just unplayable.  Brad Stevens doesn't even have to scheme against him, he fails over and over again on his own.  His two shots he took were so forced and when he would get the ball, he'd try to iso and force something, it wouldn't be there and he'd waste 8 seconds on the shot block and pass it back out.

Snell/Terry were terrible combining for 27 minutes and 2 points combined on 3 shots.  Sterling Brown was good in garbage time and he needs to play.  I don't know what Prunty is going to do the next game, but Brown has to be in there.  Snell and Terry aren't hitting or even taking shots and Brown's shot looks a little broken right now, but at least he's active and rebounding.

I'm almost hoping to continue to get demolished, let this front office know everything has to change.  They couldn't come back from getting bounced so badly by a team without Irving and Hayward and think everything's fine.
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:
I don't even know where to begin.  Giannis was absolutely phenomenal.  He really looked like he was the only one trying out there tonight.  He posted one of the most insanely efficient stat lines of all time.  13/17, 30 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists.  I would nitpick his free throws as he went 4/9, but it was inconsequential to this game.  Middleton had another very nice game scoring 25 points, hitting 4 threes and being active and available.  Literally everyone else was trash.

I mentioned previously the rotations have to tighten up in the playoffs.  Prunty tightened the rotations in the 1st game and it was successful.  Tonight, everyone had a short leash.  There was never any consistency to anybody playing together and that hurts a team badly.

Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker were absolutely horrendous again.  Jabari played 10 minutes, shot twice and scored 0 points and managed a -15 in the +/- category.  I'll give Bledsoe a bit of a pass because he was so good the last two months, but he's just back to bad Bledsoe again and Rozier has him shook.  Jabari is just unplayable.  Brad Stevens doesn't even have to scheme against him, he fails over and over again on his own.  His two shots he took were so forced and when he would get the ball, he'd try to iso and force something, it wouldn't be there and he'd waste 8 seconds on the shot block and pass it back out.

Snell/Terry were terrible combining for 27 minutes and 2 points combined on 3 shots.  Sterling Brown was good in garbage time and he needs to play.  I don't know what Prunty is going to do the next game, but Brown has to be in there.  Snell and Terry aren't hitting or even taking shots and Brown's shot looks a little broken right now, but at least he's active and rebounding.

I'm almost hoping to continue to get demolished, let this front office know everything has to change.  They couldn't come back from getting bounced so badly by a team without Irving and Hayward and think everything's fine.


I'm hoping for this as well. While winning a playoff series would be great for the franchise, it could set the stage for changes being delayed. The roster needs a refresh, and the Bucks need to find a new coach. The Bucks are the more talented team, but the Celtics are the better coached & connected team. 
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Bucks need to start over with a new coach and decide who all they are going to keep. it's too bad they didn't keep Kidd and Moose kind of threw this season away by the way it's looking.
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I would expect the Bucks to come out with a spirited effort Friday night in front of a big crowd and get out early and then hang on to win Game 3.  But that energy will run out and the Celtics will then win Games 4 and 5 and this series will be over.  

The defensive effort at times last night was almost laughable.  The Celtics got every 50/50 ball and just plain appeared to want it more.  Giannis is what he is and Middleton has shown up for the most part.  Brogdan has to play and it is tough to expect him to put in big minutes now, but he is a must.  I have called for Terry to go back to the bench and Snell has no value right now.  Parker almost appears to be a guy playing his last games with the Bucks.  Bledsoe needs to keep him mouth shut and play.  Why go out and trash talk a guy that has handed it to you and made you look terrible to start this series.  And my man Shabazz - I called for him to get minutes and he put the ball in the basket.  I wonder if Prunty goes to Jennings now to see if he can spark the offense.  

I did like how Prunty called out the team about their hustle and the turnovers in the post game press conference.  I am sure he realizes he is coaching for his job right now and is trying to light a fire.  

What is scary is that the Celtics young talent is just taking it to the Bucks.  Add Hayward and Irving to that group and the Celtics appear to be light years ahead of the Bucks.  The same roster will not challenge the Celtics next year or for that matter, the other playoff teams in the East.  I to hate to say it - but a quick exit is needed for this organization.  
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The problem with Muhammed, Jennings, Terry and Parker in this series is that Stevens is going to expose them on offense.  If you play Muhammed, you're playing him with Giannis and a center which completely clogs the lane for Giannis, or playing him with Parker and both are inept defensively and Stevens has exposed them.  He puts the ball in the basket, but he is also a complete liability.

You need to play your guys who are going to be smart, but stay in their lane and compliment Giannis the best.  That's Brown, Brogdon, and to a lesser extent Snell and Delly.  Stevens is saying Giannis can get his, lets stop everyone else.  And everyone else is getting in their own way.  Brogdon will bounce back, so will Bledsoe.  Bledsoe just needs to slow down.  This next game, I'd like to see Bledsoe, Snell, Middleton, Giannis, Henson with Brogdon, Brown, Delly and Zeller off the bench.  It's a pipedream to think Jabari would get benched, so I'm sure he'll get minutes too.  But cut out Terry and Muhammed.

This will be a must-win of course.  I also expect them to play off the crowd quite a bit which is apparently a near-sell out.  I think they can win this game, the Celtics are riding high on a 2-0 winning streak and may relax.  But they have to win both of these games then win in Boston to give themselves a favorable shot.  I don't love our chances in a game 7 in Boston.  
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