Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks: C’s look to establish control in Game 2

Boston Celtics Al Horford and Aron Baynes
Boston Celtics Al Horford and Aron Baynes /

After a thrilling game one, game two of the Boston Celtics vs. the Milwaukee Bucks is sure to be another thriller.

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks opened their series in the most dramatic way possible.   Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for 35 points and 13 rebounds.  Meanwhile, Celtics big man Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Listen guys, the game is going to be won with that matchup.  Al shot 62% against the Bucks this year, and does a good job defending Giannis.  If Horford can continue to play like that, this Celtics team becomes so different.

So what happens in Game 2?

Changes will be made, obviously.  I don’t need to tell you that both coaches will make sure their guys are ready to go.  We saw the Bucks change defensively in the second half of game one, they went from sticking with their guys on defense, to switching.  When they switched, the Celtics actually had a tough time against them, so expect the Bucks to do that much more.

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For the Celtics, I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled out a zone defense.  Stevens has done it quite a bit this year, with good results.  I don’t know how many Bucks games you guys have seen, but they aren’t a great shooting team.  Especially from three point range.  Play a zone, let them shoot the ball. If the Celtics can protect the paint they can really limit the Bucks.

Eric Bledsoe will be better for Milwaukee, but I have full faith that Terry Rozier will be ready for him.  Also, I’d expect Al Horford to draw more double teams, and if that’s the case you know he’s going to pass out of it.  He’ll find a cutter or an open man in the corner.  Now, the Celtics have to hit shots and keep the Bucks defense honest at that point.

You know the Bucks won’t have 20 turnovers again, but the Celtics will try to make them turn it over as much as they can.  With a game under their belts, I fully expect the Celtics young guys to play better in Game 2.

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Heads up guys, Game 2 is Tuesday night at 8pm Eastern time in Boston.