After trouncing the mighty Bucks in game one of the second round, what should everyone expect as the Boston Celtics head into game 2?
The Boston Celtics are not messing around in the playoffs. These guys are here to win that 18th banner, and have shifted their focus on that goal. The number one seeded Milwaukee Bucks were no match for Boston in game one, falling to the C’s 112-90 on their home floor.
What comes next?
Game two, obviously. More importantly, what do the Bucks do in order to slow down Boston? It’s clear that MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to be much more aggressive and try to hit the Celtics hard right out of the gates.
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Al Horford‘s individual defense seemed to bother Giannis quite a bit in game one, and the Celtics will need more of the same if they want to take game two from the top team in the East.
A more aggressive Bucks team in general should be expected, with Brook Lopez probably using his size on the block to post up while Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe attack the rim and launch more three-point shots. The key for the Celtics is to keep steady and play their brand of defense and the rest will take care of itself.
The thing about these playoffs is no one has accounted for the fact that Gordon Hayward has played through his struggles and is now a big-time contributing factor to this team. The Boston Celtics have a roster that is constructed for the playoffs and their depth is pretty unmatched.
The deer are going to ride the crowd in Game 2, and if they make a few dunks and flashy plays then it’ll be easier for them to build confidence. It’s up to Kyrie Irving and the veterans to steady the ship.
Basically, we’re in for a much tougher game on Tuesday night and the Celtics will need to put their best feet forward to take the air out of that building early.