Rampant Bucks Are the Team to Beat After Domination of the Celtics

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With his team facing a win-or-go-home Game 5 in their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens stepped to the podium for his pregame media availability. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 39 points with 16 rebounds on 15 of 22 shooting. In total seven Bucks players finished with double-digit scoring outputs.

Last season, the Celtics won 55 games and came within a victory of reaching the NBA Finals with All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both sidelined with injuries.

Golden State almost gave it away with an terrible third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers.


Though he has a game-high 13 points, Kyrie Irving's shooting woes continue as he is 5-for-13 (31.3%) from the field. After Monday night's lackluster performance, the Celtics find themselves in a 3-1 series hold against the Milwaukee Bucks.

As he was in the previous three games, Irving was erratic, started out 2-of-12 as the Bucks built a double-digit lead.

The Boston Celtics are expected to undergo serious changes over the offseason and frankly, could use them.

Irving shot just 6-for-21 from the field (28.6 percent) for an unacceptable 15 points. The polar opposite of the team that made the conference finals a season ago. Several players - including Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes - could become unrestricted free agents, while Terry Rozier will hit the restricted free-agent market.


Those who did speak agreed the season was a disappointment and they have no idea what Irving plans to do. "That's how we were able to close the game".

"You know the taste of feeling defeat in this type of style, being down 1-4, I haven't felt", Irving said. He's gone 19-62 from the floor and 4-20 from behind the arc in the team's three-game losing streak. And if they could muster a series win, that would prove the Bucks are no longer the cute story of a superstar surrounded by four nameless players incapable of playoff success.

One of the marvelous things that occurred in Game 1 was that Horford was a serious pest in the paint, bothering Giannis to no end.


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