Boston Celtics: 3 factors that will decide the series vs. Milwaukee Bucks

King Bucks have made it a series with thorough beatdown of Celtics

King Bucks have made it a series with thorough beatdown of Celtics

After winning the first two games of their first-round matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics saw their series lead evaporate with Giannis Antetokounmpo and company taking both Games 3 and 4 on their home turf.

James finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, while Kyle Korver scored 18 points for the Cavaliers in the win.

Following the completion of Game 4 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, ESPN stats guru Kevin Pelton was asked on Twitter about the historic precedent for how important Game 5 tends to be in a series that's tied at 2-2. And the Celtics have been unable to focus their efforts on Middleton given their emphasis on slowing down Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Baynes started the game and had an immediate impact on the glass, grabbing two offensive rebounds in the first quarter.

Smart traveled with the team to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 of the series, which is now tied at 2. And it's not just Milwaukee; I just rewatched the end of Friday's Pacers-Cavs game, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse also used some music and effects during live play in the final possessions.

Spurs 103, Warriors 90 • Manu Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of what could have been his final home game with the Spurs, and host San Antonio beat Golden State to avoid a series sweep as coach Gregg Popovich remained out following the death of his wife.

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Jaylen Brown exploded for a game-high 34 points, including multiple clutch 3-pointers throughout the game to keep the Celtics within shouting distance.

If Rozier continues to be off his game, the Celtics will be heading to that early playoff grave that many predicted when Irving was lost for the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has many big games under his belt. His shot was out of rhythm, hitting just 5-for-19 of his attempts from the floor and an abysmal 20 percent (3-for-15) from three-point range. Jayson Tatum added 21 points while Al Horford and Morris each had 13.

"He still has to go through some things later this morning after our shootaround, and then we'll see how he feels after that", Stevens told reporters.

That's something college basketball does get better; bands are generally better than arena songs anyway, and they can't play during live action. "He's got everybody on the same level - we want to play just how he plays".

They couldn't send the game into overtime. In a system like Stevens', shot creators are a bonus, but all that's necessary are guys who can make the proper play. Their defense will be even more suffocating, and the offense won't be so hard to manufacture.

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