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Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:03:36 PM »

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Boston Celtics (2-1) at Milwaukee Bucks (1-2)
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1:00 PM ET
Round 1 Game #4 Road Game #2
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, 103.3 FM WTMJ
BMO Bradley Center

Probable Starting Matchups
Point Guard
Terry Rozier vs Eric Bledsoe

Shooting Guard
Jaylen Brown vs Malcolm Brogdon

Small Forward

Jayson Tatum vs Khris Middleton

Power Forward
Al Horford vs Giannis Antetokounmpo


Aron Baynes vs Tyler Zeller 

Celtics Reserves
Abdel Nader
Semi Ojeleye
Greg Monroe
Guerschon Yabusele
Shane Larkin
Marcus Morris

Gordon Hayward (ankle)  out
Daniel Theis (knee) out
Kyrie Irving (knee) out
Marcus Smart (thumb)  out

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Bucks Reserves
Tony Snell
Sterling Brown
Matthew Dellavedova
Brandon Jennings
Thon Maker
Shabazz Muhammad
Jabari Parker
Jason Terry
DJ Wilson


John Henson (back) doubtful

Head Coach
Joe Prunty

Game Notes
The Celtics look to bounce back after their 116-92 blowout loss in Game 3.  The Bucks came out with energy and purpose right from the tip and outscored the Celtics 58-35 in the first half.  The Celtics looked sluggish and were a step behind the entire game.  At one point, they cut the deficit to 14 points but they couldn't pull any closer. 

With John Henson out, Joe Prunty started Tyler Zeller at center in Henson's place.  He also moved Malcolm Brogdon into the starting lineup in place of Tony Snell.  This lineup came out strong to open the game and the Celtics never had an answer for them.  But it wasn't just the new starting lineup that buried the Celtics.  Thon Maker and Jabari Parker who weren't a factor in the first two games came up big off the bench for the Bucks. 

John Henson is once again listed as doubtful with back soreness for this game.  I am thinking that the Bucks will go with the same starters as they did in Game 3 since it worked out so well for them.  Even if Henson is able to play,  I can see the Bucks sticking with the same starters since they were so successful in Game 3.

The Celtics are still missing Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis and Marcus Smart.  There is some good news, however.  Marcus Smart is with the team in Milwaukee and has been cleared for everything except live game action.  He will be re-evaluated next week and may be available for the last 2 or 3 games in this series. 

The Pelicans swept their series against the Trailblazers.  Other than that series, and the Warriors who lead the Spurs 3-0, the other series are going at least 5 games.  The Sixers lead the Heat 3-1.  The Pacers lead the Cavs 2-1.  The Raptors lead the Wizards 2-1.  The Rockets lead the Wolves 2-1.  The Thunder and Jazz series is also 2-1.

Key Matchups
Al Horford  vs Giannis Antetokounmpo
Once again, this will be a key matchup.  Antetokounmpo had 35 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in Game 1. He followed that up with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists while shooting 75% from the field.  He played just 27 minutes in Game 3 and finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks.   Al has been great for the Celtics but even he couldn't get going in game 3.   He will need a big game on both ends of the court if they want to get a win in this one. 

Jayson Tatum vs Khris Middleton
 In Game 1, Middleton had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.  He shot 60% from the field and 71% from beyond the arc. In game 2, Middleton finished with 25 points, shooting 71% from the field and 66% from beyond the arc.  In Game 2, he finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and shot 59% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.  It goes without saying that the Celtics need to do a better job defending Middleton in this game. 

Terry Rozier vs Eric Bledsoe
  Rozier clearly outplayed Bledsoe in Games 1 and 2 and Terry clearly seemed to be in his head.  In Game 3, that reversed with Bledsoe scoring 17 points on 62% shooting along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists with just 1 turnover.  Rozier had just 9 points on 29% shooting with 2 rebounds and 9 assists.  After not having a turnover in Games 1 and 2, Rozier turned the ball over 5 times in Game 3. 

Honorable Mention
Celtics Bench vs Bucks Bench
 The Celtics reserves scored 27 points to 23 points for the Bucks reserves in Game 1.   In Game 2, the Celtics reserves put up 41 off the bench while the Bucks reserves scored 25 points.  But, as with everything else, that changed with Game 3.   The Bucks reserves contributed 48 points to just 30 points from the Celtics reserves in Game 3.  The Celtics need to get more from their reserves in Game 4 both on offense and on defense in Game 4. 

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics led the league in defensive rating for the entire regular season.  However, in this series, their defense has yet to show up.   They have allowed the Bucks to shoot 48.2% from the field  in the first game and 59.7% in the second game. In the third game, the Bucks shot 57% from the field and 49% from beyond the arc.   If the Celtics want to win this series,  they are going to have to tighten up their defense and get back to the team that had a 101.5 defensive rating in the regular season.  In Game 3, the Bucks amped up their defense and that completely disrupted the Celtics.    The Celtics have to be the better team on defense if they want to win Game 4 and the series. 

Rebound - Next to defense, rebounding will be key for the Celtics.  So far, the Celtics have done a good job on the boards.   It takes effort to rebound and when the Celtics put out that extra effort to get rebounds, it usually translates to other areas of their game.  The Celtics barely out-rebounded the Bucks 45-43 in Game 1.  Both teams had 38 rebounds in Game 2.  In Game 3, the Celtics out rebounded the Bucks 45-37, but they didn't defend and couldn't hit their shots.  The Celtics must continue to crash the glass as a team and give even more effort on the boards in this game. 

Be Aggressive
- The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team from start to finish.  They have to be aggressive in going after loose balls and on defense and going to the basket and grabbing rebounds.   The Celtics were the more aggressive team in Games 1 and 2 but that changed in Game 3.  The Bucks came out playing hard and out-played the Celtics on both ends of the court.  They were the team that ran after loose balls and defended and played harder.  The Celtics, on the other hand, looked sluggish and never quite got going.  The Celtics  have to be the team that plays harder and is more aggressive if they want to get a win in this game. 

Move the Ball Carefully -  When the Celtics move the ball and find the open man,  they are tough to beat.  The Celtics had just 17 assists in Game 3 to 28 for the Bucks.  The ball wasn't moving and when it did, the Bucks were able to get steals  and disrupt the passes.  After turning the ball over 15 times to 20 for the Bucks in Game 1, and having 5 turnovers to 15 for the Bucks in Game 2,  the Celtics had 16 turnovers to 9 for the Bucks in Game 3.  They need to move the ball and make more careful passes while getting back to playing unselfishly. 

Coaching - In  Games 1 and 2, Brad was able to push all the right buttons and use the right strategies to win.   In Game 3, it was Joe Prunty who was able to get his team to play harder and do all the right things while the Celtics just couldn't get themselves going.  Now it's Brad's turn to make the next move.  Hopefully he can get the Celtics back on track and playing hard, especially on the defensive end. 

On the Road - The Celtics were a good road team this season with a 23-18 record away from home.  The Bucks were also pretty good at home with a 25-16 home record.  The Celtics seemed to lose their focus and couldn't hit their shots or keep the Bucks from hitting theirs.  They need to stay focused on playing their game and not let the hostile environment distract them.  The Bucks' young players play much better at home and so the Celtics need to be ready for them with tougher defense. 

Officiating -  In Games 1 and 2, the officiating was pretty good with the refs letting them play and calling it fairly evenly.  After Game 3, Marcus Morris said that he felt that the refs were targeting him and was fined $15,000 for it.  When Al Horford was asked about the officiating, he laughed and said that if he gave away money, he wanted it to be to charity and asked if he said what he wanted to in Spanish, could he still be fined.   Hopefully the officiating is better in this game. 

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2018, 11:05:48 PM »

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Gotta get this one! Letís go Cís
C: Gasol, McGee, Zubac, Chandler, Wagner
F: LeBron, Kuzma, Brooks, Stephenson, Mykhailiuk
G: Rondo, Ingram, Hart, Mack, Bonga
C: Gobert, Udoh
F: Ingles, Favors, Crowder, O'Neale, Sefolosha, Niang
G: Mitchell, Rubio, Exum, Korver, Allen, Neto

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
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This is our game! Let's Go Celtics!!  We're coming back to Boston to close this out!

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2018, 11:06:18 PM »

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TP to  gouki88 and hpantazo  for being the first to post in the game thread!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!!  Play Defense and get this win!!!   

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2018, 11:08:32 PM »

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I keep blowing it on being one of the first, but am still a starter.

Hopefully we got all the kinks worked out last game and will go back into game 2 mode. Thanks and TP FLC!!  ;D

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2018, 11:26:54 PM »

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Time to see if the pups are grown.
Trade deadline mock team: Celtics,
Irving, Rozier, Wanna
Smart, Brown, Dozier
Morris, Hayward, Semi
Tatum, Theis, Yab
Horford, Baynes, Williams

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2018, 11:39:10 PM »

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Time to see if the pups are grown.

Let's go Celtics!

Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
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Time to see if the pups are grown.

Yup.  Whatever chance they might have of competing in  the second may well hinge on their ability to keep this a short series when in position to make it happen.  Definitely an interesting game.  I'd be super impressed if they win this one.


Re: Celtics (2-1) at Bucks (1-2) Game #4 4/22/18
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2018, 12:09:23 AM »

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Celtics get their butts whooped. Bruins lose a game they should win. Red Sox get no-hit.

WE NEED TO RIGHT THE SHIP STARTING NOW. since before the days of Miracle Johan

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It will be very interesting to see how the C's respond.
I moved the cheese.

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Boston has two mismatches against Milwaukee by way of Brown being defended by Brogdon and Horford being guarded by Giannis when it's starters versus starters, and it would behoove the Celtics to recognize that advantage and pound the ball inside with those two guys, imo. Play through them. Please.

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This is a must-win game for the Celtics.

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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2018, 03:43:51 AM »

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We need this one and let's get it! Go Celtics!!!

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2018, 04:13:58 AM »

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Last game was a reality check.

This game will be a gut check.

I expect it to get very chippy out there.

Hereís to hoping TR wipes that smirk off Drew Bledsoeís face.

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Can Khris Middleton continue to shoot 63% from the field (63% from 2 and 63% from 3) when his career averages are 45/40?  If so, could be another bad day in Milwaukee. Need Rozier to have an impact and Al to look like all-star Al.


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