After a disappointing Race 1, and despite the absence of Marcus Smart for this second round, the Celtics got off to a strong start and achieved a close to perfection first half. With a first quarter with 32 points scored, including 17 for Jaylen Brown alone, then a second quarter with 33 points, the Celtics simply slapped the completely inert Bucks, like their leader Giannis Antetokounmpo (5 points at 2/12), unrecognizable after a first big game.
Driven by Jaylen Brown’s 25 points, well supported by Jayson Tatum (10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists) and Grant Williams off the bench (11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists), and thanks to a licked collective game (17 assists, 23 baskets), Boston flies away and aims for +25 on the counterattack (65-40)! The Bucks aren’t necessarily clumsy (15/35), they simply lack inspiration in attack and willpower in defense.
The second half is better billed from the offensive point of view for Milwaukee, like this interesting third quarter, during which the “Greek Freak” increases in power and plants 16 points. The Bucks return to fifteen points, but they are not enough to worry the Celtics, who, without too much difficulty, quickly and definitively bury the hopes in the last act.
The gap explodes again, and Boston is heading towards an authoritative victory, acquired in the first minutes of this game 2 (109-86). The Celtics hit the gas in the middle and the Bucks didn’t fold. “One everywhere, ball in the middle”, after these first two rounds in Massachusetts.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
The external address wins in the playoffs. In steamroller mode during this game 2, the Celtics built their success on a sharp attack. The reason: an outdoor address close to insolence, with a nice 20/43 behind the arch. That’s 60 points, or nearly 55% of the Celtics’ points in this game, compared to just 24 points scored within the key. The Bucks, on the other hand, terribly clumsy behind the 3-point line (3/18), fell back on the baskets near the circle (54 racket points).
Marcus Smart absent. A few hours before the match, we learned that the Celtics point guard has not recovered from a large crutch received in Game 1. Ime Udoka warned that the best defender in the NBA would be in attendance for the 3rd inning, which will take place between three days .
TOP / FLAP
✅ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. The former scored 17 of his 30 points in the first half, when the latter scored 19 of his 29 points after half-time. In turn, the two stars of the Celtics fueled their team’s “score”, and eventually signed a match with 59 points in total, almost as much as the top 5 of the Bucks (66 points). This Game 2 will do them a world of good in terms of confidence, after a painful and breathless first game (12 points to 4/13 for Brown, 21 points to 6/18).
✅ Williams concession. The former University of Tennessee muscle ball serves, with increasing regularity, as the X factor of the Celtics. Precious for his external address (6/9 behind the arch), exemplary in defense in the racket against Giannis Antetokounmpo, the strong winger signs an ideal match from the bench in this game 2 (21 points at 7/14, 5 rebounds and 2 assist).
✅⛔️ Giannis Antetokounmpo. It is a mixed feeling that emerges when analyzing the performance of the Greek. Spooky in the first half, unsurprisingly he gained momentum after returning from the locker room. Except that his team was already over 20 points behind at that moment, and therefore the feeling of having struggled and woken up too late prevails, and not at all. Nothing very alarming overall, since his awakening, in absolute terms, is a sign of a desire to recover. However, he finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Game 3: in Milwaukee, Saturday May 7, at 9:30 pm in France