The Celtics mulled over the failed Game 5 ending for two days before they had the opportunity to take revenge on the Bucks floor. The response from Ime Udoka’s troops, cornered in Game 6 on hostile ground tonight, lived up to their frustration as Boston crafted the perfect match to secure victory and a Race chance. 7 in the house!
In an atmosphere of great evenings, Boston quickly took the lead, dragged by the external address of a Smart-Tatum tandem on a mission (6-15). Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to snatch 17 points in the first act. But despite a 16-2 move from the locals, the Celtics still had the hand after 12 minutes of play after a Jayson Tatum triple (26-28). Better, the Celtics distanced themselves with a 10-2 with once again 3-point shots signed by Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown (30-40).
The Bucks once again relied on Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo in all the right moves, notably a great left-handed dunk, to roar the Fiserv Forum (39-42). Insufficient, however, to reverse the trend as Derrick White and Marcus Smart made sure before half-time to put the Celtics up ten points at half time (43-53)!
The beginning of the third quarter confirmed the trend, with Boston more consistent against the Bucks explosives, but only for consecutive streaks. Jayson Tatum took a notch, scoring another 3-point and a layup in traffic before passing the baton to Jaylen Brown who chained three straight baskets for 50-68 and causing among other things the 4th personal error of Giannis Antetokounmpo!
The start of the revolt started by the “Greek Freak” didn’t give much, the fault of an unplayable Jayson Tatum who kept a 13-point lead over his team at the start of the last act after a final 3-point missile on Bobby Portis’ head (70-83). But it needed more to discourage Giannis Antetokounmpo who recovered with a huge dunk then lined up two shots and a triple to bring his team to -4 (81-85).
Back on the pitch, Jayson Tatum then regained control of operations by hitting two 3-point baskets, and two more baskets, one at the end of possession (87-95).
Jalyen Brown and Marcus Smart took home the point with a quick pace, until a final 2 + 1 from Jayson Tatum came to complete the last hopes of the locals (89-103). Winners 108-95, the Celtics have thus offered themselves the right to play a game 7 at home this Sunday!
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– The reaction of the Celtics in the last act. The scenario almost repeated itself when, trailing 13 points with 12 minutes to go, Milwaukee struggled to turn back, led by an unsustainable Giannis Antetokounmpo, an opportunist Pat Connaughton, and the support of an increasingly loud Fiserv Forum when the Bucks went back to – 4. As if nothing had happened, Jayson Tatum then restarted the car with a series of baskets in “big ball” mode before receiving support from the Smart-Brown pair at the end to keep the race through to the end.
– Style opposition. The meeting was the subject of a clash of titans between Jayson Tatum on one side and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the other. Each in their own style, the two gratified the encounter with their genius, notably a 7/15 3-pointer from Celtic, and a large presence near the circle on both sides of the pitch for the “Greek Freak in the game. his signature bulldozer style. Unfortunately for him, his worries of guilt didn’t help him break free in the end, while, on the other hand, JT wasted his entire class’s time and money.
– Ignition delay. The game was delayed by a problem with the clock over the baskets. One was corrected, the other not, forcing the referees to place the clock in the corners of the pitch. The pre-match was also interrupted by the retirement of referee Scott Foster, struck by an illness unrelated to Covid.
TOP / FLOPS
✅ Jayson Tatum. The leader of the Celtics skipped the celebrations because he accumulated the baskets of the “clutch” to make his team fail. He finished the game the way he started it, hot and looking invincible in winning streaks. It took at least that to force a Game 7!
✅ Giannis Antetokounmpo. It is difficult to blame the Greek Freak for anything in this match as in addition to hitting the racket, he scored two of his three attempts behind the arc. Only his concern with guilt perhaps slowed him down a bit in the end. For the rest he sends very heavy: 44 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists.
✅ Smart Marco. A first quarter at 4/5 of 3 to put the team on the right track, and constant activity until the end to ensure victory. The icing on the cake: zero lost balloons.
⛔ The Greek Freak Lieutenants. As things currently stand, namely without Khris Middleton, Milwaukee relies primarily on Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis to diversify their attack behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. While Jrue Holiday started off well on offense before disappearing later, Bobby Portis stood out more for his howling at the crowd than for his playfulness. To make matters worse, Grayson Allen also lost his sniper role. Even though Pat Connaughton played the role of him, it was a lot for the Bucks.
Race 7 this Sunday at the TD Garden from 9:30 pm French time!