Celtics Lose Game 2 – Earn Split in Milwaukee

Marcus Morris had 17 points on 6 for 8 shooting in 25 minutes

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Celtics Lose Game 2 – Earn Split in Milwaukee

Zachary Smith, Writer

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What if I told you that Marcus Morris had 17 points on 6 for 8 shooting in 25 minutes in Game two. Pretty good news right? Well what if I told you that Marcus Morris was the top scorer in Game two with these stats. Yeah, now that becomes a problem.

After a very promising Game one the Celtics looked to take both road games and be able to finish the series in Boston. Of course we all may have gotten our hopes up too much because the Celtics did not succeed in doing this. The Celtics fell to the Bucks by a 21 point margin as they lose 123-102. The game was close at half but the Bucks found themselves ahead 59-55. In the third quarter the Bucks erupted and scored 39 points compared to a very weak 18 by the Celtics. At first you think that’s not good someone must’ve gotten hurt, luckily that is not the case, it’s just simply that it was not a great shooting night for the C’s. In game one Boston had outstanding ball movement and multiple times found the open man for the perfect shot, so naturally the team shot 54% from the field. In game two Boston couldn’t seem to bring the same energy and nearly shot 40%. It did not come to a surprise that future MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo managed 29 points as he shot 18 free throws. I have no problem with how the Celtics have been playing Giannis and I think 18 free throws is ridiculous. However, this game was officiated by Tony Brothers who the Celtics are now 1-9 in their last 10 playoff games and are now 0-14 in all their road games in which Tony has officiated, so perceive that how you want to. The player that I was worried most about heading into this series was Khris Middleton. Last year when the Celtics played the Bucks in the playoffs, Khris was a serious problem. Through the seven game series he had 31 points in game one, 25 in game two, 23 in game three, 23 in game four, 23 in game 5, 16 in game 6, and 32 points in game seven. Khris Middleton is a straight scorer and when he plays the Celtics he becomes a whole new beast. This year in game two he finished with 28 points and unlike Giannis he shot just one free throw.

The Celtics will still be fine with Middleton doing this because as long as Giannis isn’t earning easy points, they should be okay with making Middleton the scorer. I think another key reason Boston lost this game was because Drew I mean Eric Bledsoe scored 21 points on 7/12 shooting. If the Celtics stop Bledsoe and don’t let Giannis earn easy points then this series should be a wrap as long as the Celtics can score which last night they could not. Kyrie had 9 points on 4/18 shooting, Jayson Tatum had 5 points on 2/10 shooting, Gordon Hayward had 5 points on 1-5 shooting, and Terry Rozier had 9 points on 2/10 shooting. On the bright side Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Morris are all continuing to play well as they all totaled double digits. Unfortunately though, these three guys are not the players Boston needs to be the ones to put the points up that win games. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both played exceptional in game one but in this game they just couldn’t get shots to fall. Jayson Tatum is a whole different problem as he did just as bad in game one as he did in game two.

To conclude, I am not worried about the Celtics at all. This was just a bad game for the Celtics and honestly they aren’t even supposed to win these games on the road as much as we want them to. To split the series and then be able to come back to Boston Friday night is a really good sign. The TD Garden will be loud and ready to make some noise to ensure a bad night for the Milwaukee trio of Bledsoe, Middleton, and Antetokounmpo. Like normal Brad Stevens and the team will figure all their problems out and they will win this series. After watching game one and despite the poor performance in game two I now believe the Celtics will win this series in 5 games rather than my previous prediction of Celtics in seven games. All it’s going to take is great defense, players to play their roles, and some heart and the Celtics will take this season to the finals.

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