Bucks vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Bucks vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Bucks vs. Celtics: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) play against the Boston Celtics (1-1) at TD Garden

Game Time: 1:00 PM EDT on Sunday May 1, 2022

Milwaukee Bucks 101, Boston Celtics 89 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Story from Boston:
Jaylen Brown said Celtics were ‘hit in mouth’ by Bucks in physical Game 1. Some of it came by surprise to Boston.
They say they’ll be better prepared on Tuesday.
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…6:53 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Wes remembering why Giannis is called The Greek Freak. 😳 pic.twitter.com/6IIL1LGKDP6:44 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
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youtube.com/watch?v=nw8rQR…6:40 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
One great game today, and Giannis being Giannis – 6:35 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Grayson Allen joins the @Milwaukee Bucks radio network to recap a game 1 win w/ @DaveKoehnPxP
soundcloud.com/bucksdotcom/gr…6:30 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Kevin Durant was a tough cover for the @Celtics. But Milwaukee’s @Giannis Antetokounmpo is proving to be even tougher, which is not a good sign for Boston after its Game 1 loss to the Bucks on Sunday in Game 1 of their second-round matchup. fullcourtpress.bulletin.com/giannis-crashe…5:45 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
“Defensively the edge, the focus was appropriate. Now we just gotta do it again on Tuesday.”
Coach Bud’s ASL Press Conference: pic.twitter.com/0C54fsHWFc5:44 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
We couldn’t shake off the rust this afternoon and fell 101-89 to the Bucks during Game 1. pic.twitter.com/z5a0mwAkVk5:43 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Talk about a Twitter earworm (is that what you’d call it?) … can’t help but think @ArmenSaryan & @WinksThinks determined the #Bucks won because ALL the Boston faithful all didn’t don their free T-Shirts… pic.twitter.com/uUdtIjiQPv5:34 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
That JJJ defensive sequence looked like Ibaka in the 2016 series. – 5:32 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Bucks defense shuts down Tatum, Celtics, Milwaukee takes Game 1 nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/01/buc…5:29 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks 101, #Celtics 89: Defending champs lock down Boston in taking Game 1 of Eastern Conference semifinals jsonline.com/story/sports/n… via ⁦@journalsentinel⁩ – 5:22 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
The Giannis takeover.
24 PTS | 13 REB | 12 AST | 2 BLK pic.twitter.com/EM9yRxsRTg5:18 PM

Eric Patten @EricPatten
If Paul George had the Jayson Tatum game today, it would be a bloodbath on this app. #PlayoffT5:10 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Jaylen Brown: “We can’t lose our faith, can’t lose our resiliency and our confidence. We’ve gotta come out and play Celtics basketball.” – 5:08 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Another franchise record that belongs to Giannis.
Giannis recorded his 2nd career playoff triple-double today passing @Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Paul Pressey to become the Bucks leader.
🍾 @MoetUSA pic.twitter.com/hFTuZeZRTm5:07 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
At @TheAthletic:
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double propels Bucks to 1-0 lead over Celtics in Eastern Conference semis theathletic.com/news/bucks-vs-…5:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “We gotta be the harder playing team. They came in with a chip on their shoulder and were more aggressive.” – 5:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “We still have our confidence. We’ll get back to Celtics basketball and be ready for Game 2.” – 5:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “We’re a good team and we’re still continuing to get better. So, we’ll figure it out.” – 5:03 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “They hit us in the mouth early. We responded better in the second half, but we gotta get going earlier.” – 5:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “You gotta be the smarter team. Tonight, we weren’t.” – 5:02 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown: “You gotta be the smarter team. Tonight, we weren’t.” – 5:01 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “They did a good job setting a tone early, picking us up fullcourt. We’ll make some adjustments and move on to the next one.” – 5:01 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown on Bucks’ physicality: “We missed a lot of open shots and they hit us in the mouth.” – 5:01 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown said his hamstring “held up good.” Added “Gotta get on to the next, get some treatment and be ready for the next one.” – 5:00 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown said his hamstring “held up good.” – 5:00 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown on his hamstring: “It held up good. Just on to the next. Gotta get some treatment, some recovery and get ready for the next one.” – 5:00 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
You can be best player in the world but not MVP. I’m not saying Giannis isn’t (he is the best and I don’t think it’s even a debate) but MVP for 82 games of one regular season is debatable. Otherwise, just give a guy MVP before a season tips. Giannis is about the postseason 🤷🏽‍♂️ – 4:56 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
There’s an 83 percent chance that if you walked on this court right now and tried to take a shot, a Milwaukee Buck would get all up in your business and prevent you from scoring. pic.twitter.com/BT1mkgsoya4:52 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum on Jaylen Brown’s struggles today: “I mean, shit, we all had a rough night. Nobody should hang their heads down. We in this together, right? All that matters is if you win or lose. I got all the faith in the world in JB.” – 4:52 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jayson Tatum on Jaylen Brown’s struggles: “I mean, shit, we all had a rough night.” – 4:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum was asked if he said anything to Jaylen Brown after his rough night: “Aww…shit, we all had a rough night. I have all the faith in the world in JB. No one should hang their heads. Just get ready for the next one.” – 4:52 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jayson Tatum on Jaylen Brown’s tough night: “Shit, we all had a rough night…I have all the faith in the world in JB.” – 4:51 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum said the Celtics need to play with more poise. He thought they were too careless. He said they all need to be stronger with the ball, more decisive with their reads. – 4:51 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
We are all Brook after that insane Giannis dunk. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/dgNCwbJFo84:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum: “There’s a lot of things we can take away from this. The series isn’t lost or won in Game 1. Credit to them. They played better than we did and they deserved to win. And they did.” – 4:50 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum: “They just played better than we did and they deserved to win.” – 4:50 PM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
It might be Giannis vs. Everybody now. pic.twitter.com/MpVpBcMKya4:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on the Celtics offensive approach: “We’re trying to get the best shot. You can say we should attack the basket more, and we probably should. But we got a lot of drive-and-kick threes. You can get caught up in the numbers, but we got a lot of good shots.” – 4:47 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
This is the #Bucks first non-bubbled Game 1 victory on the road since the 2017 postseason in Toronto. – 4:45 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum: “I think they just kind of sped us up and we just gotta do a better job of doing what we want to do and not letting them dictate that throughout the course of the game.” – 4:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum on the Bucks physicality: “I think they sped us up. We gotta do a better job of doing what we wanna do and not letting them dictate that throughout the course of the game.” – 4:44 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum: “I think they just kind of sped us up. We just have to do a better job of just doing what we want to do and not letting them dictate that throughout the course of the game.” – 4:44 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue making a difference on both sides of the ball. 🔥
25 PTS | 9 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL pic.twitter.com/LgDWTHdbz64:41 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
The Celtics did not make a two-point field goal against the Bucks’ defense in the final 19:25 of Game 1. – 4:40 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: The #Celtics put themselves in the history books with one element of their Game 1 loss against the Bucks masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…4:36 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Another double-double for Bobby in the playoffs.
15 PTS | 11 REB | 1 AST pic.twitter.com/XND0FmHYIF4:31 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo also admitted the #Celtics were “really good” defensively & caused him problems on the offensive end.
He maintains the #Bucks defense is the priority and that can lead to offense. – 4:28 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Giannis says “maybe I’m weird but I thrive on physicality” – 4:28 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: We’re ready to move on to Tuesday.” – 4:27 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We had a chance to cut into Milwaukee’s lead early in the fourth quarter but the Bucks instead answered with a 7-0 run to take control of Game 1. nba.com/celtics/gamere…4:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “They were on a different level. But the guys in our locker room, we’ve responded all year. Now, it’s time to learn from this game, see how we can be better and come out and do that on Tuesday.” – 4:26 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted his three quick fouls were “silly.”
Mike Budenholzer said he’ll have to be smarter going forward but the #Bucks star will learn from it. – 4:25 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Al Horford: “We have an opportunity now to learn from this game, see how we can be better as a group, and come out and do that Tuesday.” – 4:25 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford on Marcus Smart: “He did take a beating today. I don’t know how he does it, but he got back in there. I told him tonight, ‘Get your rest, get ready and we have another one Tuesday.’” – 4:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
AL Horford said that the Celtics need to stay composed and move on when they don’t agree with a call: “The officials did a good job. They let us play and it was a hard-fought game.” – 4:23 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford said the Celtics need to move on when they get rattled: “That was a time I saw that Jayson needed to be pulled away from the official. The officials did a good job, they let us play and it was a hard fought game.” – 4:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford” They played harder than us. They were better.” – 4:22 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford: “They played harder than us. They were better.” – 4:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford; “There’s a reason they were the champs last year. That level that they have defensively.” – 4:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “They were meeting our guys at the rim. It was clearly a point of emphasis.” – 4:21 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford on Milwaukee’s physicality throwing them off: “We took a step back, from the things that they were doing. I think we responded at times, but definitely, that had an impact on the game, for sure.” – 4:20 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford: “They did a really good job. They did a really good job getting into our guys.” – 4:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on the Bucks physicality: “Give them credit. They came out and set the tone. It was one of those games where the refs let us play, which was great. But we took a step back from the things they were doing. It had an impact on the game for sure.” – 4:20 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Bucks make a statement winning game 1 on the road vs. Celtics. pic.twitter.com/WB1pmbf7Fg4:19 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Don’t need the rewatch to see Boston has to take better care of the ball. 18 turnovers are obviously way too many, but Milwaukee also scored 27 points off those TOs.
Big part of a 28-8 Bucks advantage in fastbreak points, and presumably an even larger one in transition points. – 4:15 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Milwaukee’s defense at work: Boston 10-for-31 in the paint, 18-for-50 on 3-pointers and just a few mid-range shots (all misses). pic.twitter.com/OOD5hpm1iG4:14 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Quick piece at @The Athletic:
Bucks defense stifles Celtics as Giannis barrels through everything Boston threw at him, including an injured Marcus Smart. theathletic.com/news/bucks-vs-…4:13 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Giannis was far and away the best player on the floor in a game he shot 9-25.
That’s bad, BAD news for Boston.
He’s found that rare level where even when the scoring isn’t there, he finds every other way to make an outsized impact. – 4:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Giannis & Portis + backups minutes were huge in Game 1. Carter, Allen and Connaughton didn’t have big scoring games, but they were all far more impactful than White, Grant and Pritchard.
Boston needs to even that out going forward. – 4:12 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Only 10 of the Celtics’ 28 baskets came inside the 3-point arc. – 4:07 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Milwaukee scored 27 points off 18 Boston turnovers. The Celtics scored just six points off 14 Bucks turnovers.
That’s a 21-point difference in a game Milwaukee won by 12 (101-89).
#analytics4:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said one adjustment is on him and the coaching staff. He said they need to find ways to “play against their physicality”.
Udoka said he can do a better job putting the Celtics ballhandlers in better positions to alleviate pressure from the Bucks defense. – 4:01 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka: “The adjustment is obviously playing against their physicality.”
Said the Celtics can put their ball handlers into different situations to help alleviate the pressure. – 3:59 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis is 1 of 6 players to have multiple 20/12/12 playoff games.
🎰 @paysbig pic.twitter.com/YCzg8UaA9Y3:58 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Bucks defense this season, including playoffs:
106.8 DRTG with Brook
112.5 DRTG without Brook
106.8 would rank first by any team this season. pic.twitter.com/cRIniqqxym3:57 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart took some hits today, but that “He’s getting iced down now. I assume he’ll be ok.” – 3:56 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Udoka says Marcus Smart took two hits to the quad in the second half and that is actually affecting him more than his scary-looking shoulder stinger.
“He’ll play through it.” – 3:56 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart:
“He’s getting iced down now. I assume he’ll be okay.” – 3:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka has said that the Bucks picking up fullcourt and picking up very high in the halfcourt defense got the Celtics going too quickly into their offense. – 3:56 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart “took a few hits.” He believes the quad bothered Smart more than the shoulder, but “he’s going to play through a lot.”
“He’s getting iced down now and I’m assuming he’ll be OK.” – 3:56 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Udoka has spoken multiple times about how Milwaukee’s high pick up points with their back court pressing and 30-foot pressure on the ball in the half court rushed the Celtics offense and got them to make too many mistakes. – 3:55 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on doubling Giannis: “We did ok, but we went too quick sometimes. He’s going to find those passes, so we have to be careful not to come too quickly with the double.” – 3:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said that the Celtics want more paint touches, but that he’s fine with them taking as many open threes as they did. – 3:53 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Don’t know how to break this to you guys, but Nik Stauskas got into a playoff game before the Sacramento Kings. – 3:53 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s playmaking was the best part about what he did today in Boston.
12 assists for Giannis today… No Nets had double-digit assists against the Celtics in the quarterfinals
And the last time any player had 12+ dimes against Boston before today was Jan. 5 – 3:52 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
If you’re the Celtics:
Jaylen Brown gotta play better
Defended Giannis relatively well at the rim
GrayConn and Portis did great gotta tip your hat.
If Smart and Williams aren’t healthy then yeah it’s a big problem. – 3:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Bucks picking up full-court on defense “sped us up a little bit.” – 3:51 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Cs offense isn’t going to dominate inside like it did vs. Nets. Bucks not giving you all those Horford vs. Bruce Brown/Dragic/Mills mismatches in the post where you can get easy 2s, or force a help rotation and get open 3s off it. They defend rim w/size + length. Different beast – 3:50 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
The Celtics will definitely make adjustments and are probably still the favorites to win this series but if you had questions about Boston coming into this series it was their half court offense and the Bucks highlighted that today – 3:50 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Bucks got:
– 29 Minutes out of Wes Matthews, who was a free agent in December
– 29 Minutes out of Grayson Allen, who they got for two second-round picks
– 22 Minutes out of Jevon Carter, who got waived midseason by Brooklyn
GMs who can win on the margins are so, so valuable – 3:48 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Postgame Show | Powered by @betonline_ag & @HelloFresh twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…3:48 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
28 field goals made is a season-low for the Celtics – 3:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Giannis and Holiday shot a combined 17-of-45 and completely dominated the game. – 3:47 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
101-89 Milwaukee is the Game 1 final.
If it feels like it’s been a while, that’s the Celtics’ first double-digit loss since February, and just their second since January 28th (37 games). – 3:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics shooting today:
Two-pointers – 10-34 – 29.4%
Three-pointers – 15-50 – 36%
Free Throws – 15-20 – 75%
Slightly better than their season averages on threes. Slightly worse on free throws. WAY worse on twos.
That’s the Bucks defensive design at work. – 3:44 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Celtics made 18 three-pointers and lost by double digits. That doesn’t bode well – 3:44 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Why are some people so hesitant to label Giannis the best player in the world? – 3:44 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The last 11 teams to take 50+ three-pointers in a playoff game are 2-9.
The Celtics shot 18-50 (36%) in Game 1. pic.twitter.com/y9YaejvMkx3:43 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I really thought the Bucks needed Middleton to be competitive in this series. Yea, I was wrong about that. – 3:42 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
King Giannis at TD Garden. Big time performance and Bucks take the lead of the series vs. the Celtics. #FearTheDeer #NBAPlayoffs2022
sdna.gr/mpasket/961269…3:42 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Giannis didn’t even play that well but still had a triple-double. Best player in the world! – 3:42 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics since April 1..
0-2 vs. Milwaukee
8-0 vs. everyone else – 3:42 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
So much of this series comes down to Boston defending Giannis… they got him to miss 11 of 18 in the paint today, and still lost home court advantage in a double-digit loss. – 3:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks win 101-89. Bucks lead series 1-0.
Tatum – 21/6/6
Horford – 12 points
Brown – 12 points
Celtics – 33.3% FGs
Celtics – 18-50 threes
Celtics – 18 turnovers
Giannis – 24/13/12
Holiday – 25/10/5
Portis – 15 points
Bucks – 41.1% FGs
Bucks – 12-34 threes
Bucks – 13 turnovers – 3:41 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
First game the Celtics faced playoff-caliber defense. Physical Game 1. – 3:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Bucks defense held the Celtics to 89 points and 34% shooting. pic.twitter.com/dbgWq3OqbW3:40 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Celtics held a mere 24.5 points below their average in the first round by the Bucks today. – 3:40 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lose to #Bucks 101-89, completely outplayed after taking an early 7pt lead, have to play several adjustments to made this a long series. Tatum 21, Brown 12, Horford 12; Holiday 25, Antetokounmpo 24, Portis 15, Allen 11.
BOS: 33.3% FG
MIL: 41.1% FG – 3:40 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bucks win 101-89 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
After all the talk about Boston’s defense, Milwaukee put on a clinic today. Giannis goes 9-for-25 and the Bucks won by double digits – 3:40 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Agree with @heydb: Darvin Ham is ready to be a head coach. Look at what Ime Udoka accomplished in Boston this season. Ham, a longtime assistant with Mike Budenholzer, has taken a similar path. Well liked, extremely well respected. Teams should be rushing to hire him. – 3:39 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Bucks beat Celtics 101-89 to take a 1-0 series lead. Boston delivers their worst offensive performance since the second game of the regular season. – 3:39 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Celtics just made the second-fewest 2-pointers in NBA playoff history (10).
The record, which Boston only avoided in garbage time, belongs to 2017 Rockets in James Harden’s infamous Game 6 disaster against the Spurs. pic.twitter.com/XBhYnlpAWC3:39 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks win a big Game 1 in Boston. pic.twitter.com/2M3m5SYsA83:38 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
And just like that … ceding the East’s No. 2 seed to Boston no longer looks nearly as risky for the Khris Middleton-less Bucks.
Some serious Game 1 steel from Giannis, Jrue and Co. to hand Boston its first loss of this postseason.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com3:38 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
FINAL: Bucks 101, Celtics 89
– Holiday 25pts/10reb/5ast
– Antetokounmpo 24pts/13reb/12ast
– Portis 15pts/11reb
– Allen 11pts/2reb
Bucks emphatically take Game 1 with Antetokounmpo dominating despite making just 9-of-25 from the field. – 3:38 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
The Bucks defense. That’s the story. – 3:38 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
With a couple late buckets, Boston avoided becoming the team with the fewest number of 2-point makes in a playoff game in NBA history. That record remains with the Rockets, who went 9-for-37 in Game 6 of the West semis against the Spurs in 2017. Boston finished the game 10-for-33 – 3:38 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jevon Carter played 22 minutes in Game 1.
He was +25. – 3:38 PM
Rob Peterson @ShotDrJr
The Celtics found out that the Bucks aren’t the Nets on the interior. – 3:38 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jrue Holiday in Game 1:
25 PTS
10 REB
5 AST
3 STL
3 3PM
And elite defense. pic.twitter.com/wX8kThpIDt3:38 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Shoutout to Marcus Smart. Gave everything. pic.twitter.com/nflG18QMdB3:37 PM

Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
This is gonna be a long series, but its worth mentioning this version of the Celtics has not dealt with adversity. You can point to the first 27 games all you want, but they’ve been cruising for 4 months now. This is the first time they’ve really been challenged. – 3:37 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Celtics held the Giannis and Holiday to 17/45 (37.8%) shooting and it still felt like they got destroyed by them. Milwaukee’s defense was the best Boston has seen all year and it’s clear that the difference between the Bucks’ and Nets’ execution is astronomical. – 3:36 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis shooting in Game 1:
0-5 when guarded by Rob Williams
9-20 when guarded by other Celtic pic.twitter.com/gJPKD3Bcy73:36 PM

Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Just an absolutely surgical Game 1 performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo in Boston. A poster game for the evolution in his game. Patient, didn’t force anything and absolutely dominated. – 3:36 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
There’s a path here for Boston. They got slightly better 3s in the second half and just missed a bunch. The big key is they can’t let Milwaukee’s guards dig into them so thoroughly that it slows their half-court offense. I’d also do a lot more to involve Grayson Allen. – 3:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Outside of being VERY physical with Jayson Tatum, this was the Bucks just going what they do on defense. They’ll live with a million three-point attempts allowed, because they know it will eventually balance out. – 3:35 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Bucks shot 0-11 when guarded by Robert Williams in Game 1.
Giannis 0-5
Rest of Bucks 0-6 pic.twitter.com/J0J0VcSb563:35 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Giannis good. – 3:35 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Boston’s last double-digit loss was February 27, the stinker in Indiana. It’s been a while. – 3:35 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Never thought I would see a player legitimately dominate a game while shooting 36% like Giannis did but here we are. – 3:35 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis struggled with his shot but still dominated the game.
24 PTS
13 REB
12 AST
2 BLK
+23
If you don’t think he’s the best player in the world, we’re not watching the same sport. pic.twitter.com/MsynBZQ79c3:35 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Bucks entire bench stands the entire game… can fake how much that team pulls for each other – 3:34 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
As Marcus Smart slams the ball in frustration and the Celtics empty the bench, so are the stands as the fans begin their exodus. Haven’t seen this with two minutes left in a playoff game in the Garden in a while. – 3:34 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
A lot of talk about the Celtics defense recently, but this was a masterpiece by the Bucks at that end. – 3:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks lead 101-87 with 1:59 to go and Ime Udoka and the #Celtics fans have called it. – 3:34 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And Ime Udoka has pulled his starters with 1:59 left. Bucks up, 101-87. – 3:34 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics are just frustrated, pissed at themselves, Scott Foster, annoyed at the lack of calls. Not a good afternoon. #Bucks3:34 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Both teams are taking out their starters. Milwaukee will be up 1-0 when these teams meet here at TD Garden again Tuesday night. – 3:34 PM
Wade Baldwin @The_Fourth_Wade
Steph , dame , Luka , Cp3 , Jrue – 3:33 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart is limping again after that last drive, dealing with a quad contusion that has flared up a few times today. – 3:32 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart is really laboring out there. – 3:32 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
The Celtics averaged 113.5 points per game againts the Nets, 3rd-most in the first round. They have 87 with 2:43 to go here – 3:32 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Per @Stathead, there have been just three games in the shot-clock era (regular season or playoffs) where a team has made fewer than 10 2-pointers: bit.ly/3kuFRln
Celtics currently at eight with 3:12 to play. – 3:31 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
No midrange game for Celtics at all (0/2, both attempts by Brown) on a day where they missed 19 of 27 in the paint through 45 minutes vs Bucks. – 3:31 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
What if the Bucks tanking the 2 seed was just a long-con to make the Celtics play a trash defense for two weeks before playing theirs – 3:30 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis on a new level. 😤 pic.twitter.com/Oi58RSmiE33:30 PM

Wade Baldwin @The_Fourth_Wade
Jrue holiday a top 5 pg. – 3:29 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
The Bucks are doing something the Celtics haven’t seen from an opponent in a couple of weeks.
Playing defense. – 3:28 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Big thing Bucks defense has done to disurpt the Celtics offense is not only making great controlled close outs, but then getting hands in the swing pass lanes so Boston can’t just quickly swing it on target to an open shooter. Boston rarely gets a good 3 off the first action. – 3:28 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
A rushed UIOLI from Budenholzer to get Brook Lopez out of trouble.
Bucks up, 96-84, with 3:42 left. – 3:27 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Wes Matthews after Giannis lobbed it to himself off the backboard 😳 pic.twitter.com/r4Us2XOthD3:27 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
I’m old enough to remember this Milwaukee Bucks team with Eric Bledsoe at the point instead of Jrue. … – 3:26 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jrue Holiday has been the best player on the floor today. #Celtics #Bucks3:26 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
“Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t the best player in the world.” pic.twitter.com/ZcTjk0YdEh3:24 PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
In honor of Giannis?
Which fast-food chain has the most chance to win basketball tournaments?
The Dunkin’ Donuts. – 3:24 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
If Celtics’ D can’t keep Giannis from owning the court, all remaining Bucks’ opponents better stock up on wishbones, four-leaf clovers and black-eyed peas. Find a few more fingers to cross – 3:24 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
The Bucks are just more disciplined, more determined to be themselves and probably heard y’all write them off. Boston paid the price today – 3:23 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Yeah Giannis is such a force
Multiple bodies have to be on him at all times
Curious to see how these two would match up with him in that scenario due to doubles, with Butler/Lowry roaming pic.twitter.com/1gh8gF0hxg3:22 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Tatum is an unbelievable offensive player, but he’s having to readjust to being guarded again. And he’s not doing it very well. – 3:22 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Jaylen Brown hamstring looks like a factor. No buckets inside the arc in this game outside the TJ in the first half – 3:22 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Giannis is getting it all done. There’s no answers for him – 3:22 PM
Vincent Ellis @AlabamaScribe56
Just the other day somebody looked at me crazy when I said Giannis is the best player in the world, lol – 3:22 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The Bucks look so much better without Khris Middleton lol – 3:22 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
There’s never been a more apropos nickname than Greek Freak. Emphasis on Freak. – 3:21 PM
Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez have been so, so good today. – 3:21 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
Not sure what you do with Giannis. Hasn’t even shot it that well and he’s the best player on the court by a lot. – 3:21 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Giannis just casually tossing the ball off the backboard to himself in a halfcourt set for a dunk in the fourth quarter of a second round playoff game. Insane play. – 3:21 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The Bucks blowing out the Celtics would not be a good look for the luxury tax Nets – 3:21 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Giannis unlocked some cheat codes, I can’t even do that on 2K – 3:20 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Giannis is the best basketball player on the planet.
And it’s not really close. – 3:20 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Giannis alley-oop to himself at one end, takes charge at the other a few seconds later.
MVP. – 3:20 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jevon Carter has been really good in this game. I never understood why he couldn’t find a home in this league – 3:20 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
That thing that Giannis just did, that was a THING. Wow. – 3:20 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Combined 8-29 FG from Tatum and Brown. That’s gonna get you beat. #Celtics #Bucks3:20 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Giannis is rude. – 3:20 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Giannis is ridiculous. – 3:20 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Giannis is 8-for-23 and is absolutely dominating this game. Imagine once he starts scoring like Giannis… – 3:20 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
That Giannis off the back board putback slam might be the best play of his career. Just so, so ridiculous. – 3:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
2021 Celtics are back. Hopefully it’s a one-day reunion show. – 3:20 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Giannis throwing it off the glass to himself is so disrespectful – 3:20 PM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
GIANNIS!!! – 3:19 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Just in case you forgot what the Celtics offense looked like in the first half of the season, this has been a nice reminder. – 3:19 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Nightmarish game from Jaylen Brown, just hasn’t gotten anything going. #Celtics #Bucks3:19 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Giannis did not just do that!! – 3:19 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
OMG Giannis – 3:19 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Ridiculous stuff from Antetokounmpo. My goodness.
Stepthrough move on Williams to pass it to himself off the glass for a two-hand dunk before Tatum could get to it. – 3:19 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Giannis just alley-ooped it to himself, and we’re pretty much done here. – 3:19 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Giannis off the glass to himself. The self alley-oop. Hope they give him an assist and a bucket for that one. – 3:19 PM
Justin Verrier @JustinVerrier
Giannis is spraying it around like Godzilla Jason Kidd. – 3:18 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Jevon Carter Season?? – 3:17 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
What a sequence from Jrue Holiday.
Sprints back to get a steal on a pass to Tatum underneath the basket. Dribbles up the floor and pops a three. – 3:17 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Jevon Carter still getting playoff buckets – 3:17 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
🗣 Get the Bobby chants going in Boston!! pic.twitter.com/SLAO2BzFKQ3:16 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Giannis balancing attacking relentlessly while never pressing. – 3:16 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Celtics shooting a mind-blowing 27.6 percent on 2-pointers (8-29) — 30.6 pct overall. Bucks have 25-8 edge in fast break points and an 87-72 lead with 8:37 left. – 3:16 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Hard to believe this is only two playoff triple-doubles for Giannis. The way he does everything, would have thought he’d already done that a few times. – 3:15 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
The Celtics just can’t survive an 11 assist game (so far) from Giannis. They’d rather have him taking those shots than get all those guys hot from deep. – 3:15 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I bought up Tyus Jones as a traditional point guard who can do the basic things offensively while adding difference-making ball pressure defensively in this story @TheAthletic
Jevon Carter making a similar impact today in Boston for Bucks theathletic.com/3286358/2022/0…3:15 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
11-3 run for the Bucks since the Derrick White 3 cut it to 7. Celtics haven’t made a shot in the 4:11 since.
Milwaukee its largest lead, 87-72 with 8:37 to go. – 3:15 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Story of this game is Boston finally figuring out how to contain Giannis in the half court, not cutting into the lead with him out with foul trouble, then watching him come back in and break out the Dirk fade over a befuddled Grant Williams. He keeps evolving as the game goes on. – 3:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Not going to get many games where Giannis shoots 7-of-21 and Boston is blowing one. – 3:14 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
The big question with Boston was always “so how good are these shooters, really?” This is an extreme version of that teamwide shortcoming. Plus, the Bucks’ ball pressure is preventing Boston from getting into their off-ball movement at an appropriate level. – 3:14 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world. – 3:14 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks lead by 15.
The #Celtics have 8:37 to work their way back into it. – 3:14 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Lot of Payton Pritchard 3s — 2-for-8 and just missed three 3s in 77 seconds. – 3:14 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
The Celtics have missed all 5 shots they’ve taken in the fourth, 4 from Payton Pritchard. Jaylen Brown (the other miss) is now 2-11, 1-7 from three. – 3:14 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Giannis is so wonderful to watch – 3:13 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Big time Bobby Buckets!! 😤
📸 @PicknSaveStores Photo of the Night. pic.twitter.com/9bNJlhMbHM3:13 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Bucks are the standard – 3:13 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Payton Pritchard now has missed four 3-pointers – three of them wide open – here in the fourth. Milwaukee has opened up with a 9-2 run, and leads 87-72.
Celtics haven’t been able to make 2s all game. Now they can’t make any 3s, either. – 3:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks are rolling now. Pritchard keeps missing good looks. – 3:13 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
There was never a doubt on that breakout for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo was going to find Portis for a corner 3.
Williams takes Antetokounmpo away on the break. Antetokounmpo to Portis. Bang.
Bucks have their biggest lead, 87-72, with 8:37 left. – 3:13 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Payton Pritchard has had a bunch of good looks. Still 0 for 4 so far here in the fourth quarter. Celtics down 87-72 and shooting a disgusting 30.6 percent so far. – 3:13 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
9-2 Bucks start to the quarter and it’s starting to get away from the Celtics here. 15 point Milwaukee lead – 3:13 PM
Wade Baldwin @The_Fourth_Wade
Giannis is the best player in the league. – 3:13 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Love the way Portis helped off the corner there, perfect balance between deterring the drive and making the pass difficult – 3:13 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Bucks up 15 and #Celtics in real trouble. Can’t get into any offense, relying on 3’s. And they are 14-43 on 3pt. – 3:12 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Wesley Matthews got a long break -he exited at the 7-minute mark in the third quarter. He returns with the #Bucks up 84-72 with 8:58 to go in regulation. – 3:12 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Another Payton Pritchard missed 3 on a bad offensive possession and Ime Udoka calls Jayson Tatum back to the scorer’s table. Celtics haven’t been able to capitalize off stops for a while. – 3:11 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
The fun thing about Giannis is that he actually plays like a buck 😂 – 3:11 PM
Zach Kram @zachkram
Triple-doubles in the history of the playoffs:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 2
Every other Buck combined: 2 – 3:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
So far, Derrick White has been the only guy willing to go at Grayson Allen. Boston hasn’t targeted him much at all. – 3:09 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Two missed free throws for Antetokoumpo, but he picked up his triple-double in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter.
17/10/10 for him thus far. Bucks up, 80-72, with 10:28 left. – 3:08 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Is Giannis’ FT shooting routine getting slower in the playoffs? – 3:08 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime probably needs to just put Tatum back in. This lineup isn’t going to cut it with Brown struggling the way he is. – 3:07 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo has posted the second playoff triple-double of his career in Game 1 vs. the #Celtics. – 3:07 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Giannis has been so good today that he’s got Rob Williams jumping 5 feet in the air on pump fakes again. Wasted a great defensive possession by Jaylen Brown to hold Giannis up in the post long enough for Williams to be able to trap him baseline. – 3:07 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart are a combined 10-for-37 in this game, including 4-for-16 on 2-point shots. – 3:07 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Not sure how long of rest Ime can afford to give Tatum at this point. – 3:07 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Just a nightmare Game 1 for Jaylen Brown. – 3:06 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics are shooting 32.8%. Their lowest fg% this season was 34.7% vs. the Clippers. The lost all 8 games this year shooting less than 39.6% – 3:06 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Celtics took 17 threes and 5 shots in the paint in the 2nd quarter
In the 1st & 3rd quarters combined they took 22 threes and 22 shots in the paint. They have to force their preferred Celtics shooters into more 3s in the 4th – 3:06 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum getting what will probably be a short rest to open Q4.
Giannis in with the four fouls. – 3:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lost the non-Giannis minutes after he picked up his fourth foul. That can’t happen if they want to win. – 3:05 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Giannis starts the fourth quarter with four fouls, while Tatum will hit the bench. – 3:05 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
The Celtics got whatever they wanted against a terrible defensive team in the first round.
Boston now struggling to get easy baskets against a connected Bucks team that takes pride on defensive end. – 3:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks lead 78-70 after three
Tatum – 18/5/4
Smart – 10 points
Horford – 9 points
Celtics – 32.8% FGs
Celtics – 14-39 threes
Celtics – 14 turnovers
Giannis – 17/9/9
Holiday – 16 points
Portis – 12 points
Bucks – 42.3% FGs
Bucks – 10-28 threes
Bucks – 12 turnovers – 3:03 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Bucks still lead entering fourth quarter despite missing all 8 third quarter 3s and Giannis foul trouble – 3:03 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Bucks lead 78-70 after 3. The difference in the game: Milwaukee has scored 20 points off 14 Celtics turnovers; Boston has scored 6 points off 12 Bucks turnovers.
Giannis has 17-9-9, but has four fouls, for Milwaukee.
Tatum has 18, but is 5-for-16, for Boston. – 3:03 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Jrue Holiday switching onto Tatum was a huge key to maintaining that lead. His ball pressure takes away those high step up pick and rolls that are Boston’s best bet to spread Milwaukee out enough to get to their drive and kick game – 3:03 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics were 6-for-20 FG in the 3Q and yet made up 2 points off the deficit. Now if they could only hit some shots. #Bucks3:02 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics scoring 89.7 points per 100 possessions through three quarters. On pace to be their second worst offensive game of the season from an efficiency standpoint. – 3:02 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After three quarters, the Bucks lead, 78-70.
The Bucks added a point to their lead in the final 3 minutes, 37 seconds with Antetokounmpo off the floor because of foul trouble.
Antetokounmpo with just 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting, but he has 9 rebounds and 9 assists. – 3:02 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Bucks more than surviving this stint with Giannis out with foul trouble. Extended the lead from six to eight. Boston really needed to take advantage. Milwaukee’s defense has been elite. – 3:02 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Games like this typically go a long way in determining the series. The Bucks have a slim margin for error and this has been a very winnable game through 3 quarters that went exactly as you hoped. You have to close this game out and finish them off. – 3:02 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics were a -2 over the final 3:37 of the third after Giannis went to the bench with his fourth. Could be a missed opportunity. – 3:01 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
One quarter left in Game 1 in Boston – #Bucks lead the #Celtics 78-70. – 3:01 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Insane that they no-called the Grant shot and *almost* did the same with the Tatum one that followed. – 3:01 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Brook Lopez has been playing like he’s 7’7 today – 3:00 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Pat Connaughton now joins Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis with four fouls for the #Bucks3:00 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Brown has been awful today. No other way to put it. Terrible on offense and losing connection with his man on defense. He has to be better for the Celtics to win. – 3:00 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Brook Lopez has been so damn good defensively today. – 2:59 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics REALLY have not taken advantage of these minutes with Giannis in foul trouble so far. – 2:59 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Brook Lopez has six points and has been one of the most impactful players on the court today. His size is causing Boston all kinds of problems at both ends. – 2:58 PM
Eric Patten @EricPatten
The Celtics drafting Gem from the Town last year is a perfect addition. – 2:58 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Marcus Smart, quad wrapped on the bike for the first time all year. pic.twitter.com/5HEpG794HJ2:57 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Grayson Allen is no stranger to kicking, and he kicked his leg out on that play. Successful challenge. That will result in a jump ball.
Could have been called an offensive foull, but C’s win the challenge regardless – 2:57 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks have missed their first 6 threes of the second half. – 2:57 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
But if you review a Grayson Allen flop, you get the call back, chop, chop. pic.twitter.com/2JBTNnV14T2:57 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Successful challenge for #Celtics. Jump ball. – 2:56 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jrue so smooth with it. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3p3t1mXWWN2:56 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Brook Lopez has been excellent on defense. Causing major issues for the Celtics with his rim protection – 2:56 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
If the Celtics lose this challenge, it will leave them with only one timeout for the last two minutes because they’ve already used their use it or lose it timeout. – 2:56 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
I think Boston is going to win this challenge. Looked like Grayson Allen stuck his leg out there. – 2:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford and Brook Lopez, the old men in this series, have both been great today. – 2:55 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics are challenging the foul call on Grant Williams. – 2:55 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Boston’s floor spacing is suspect. Someone needed to lift to give Tatum a kickout option on those last two plays. – 2:55 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics just can’t get out of their own way today, rushed possessions, turnovers and untimely fouls. #Bucks2:55 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Ime Udoka is going to challenge the foul called on this Grayson Allen 3-point attempt. – 2:54 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
When Horford was in Atlanta, he was the linchpin to everything they did well. Everything. It was a 60 team with him and probably a 40 win team w/o him. You had to make him a volume shooter/scorer to disrupt that machine. Philly had no idea how to use him/lacked the personnel – 2:54 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Giannis why would you disappoint Doris like this with that foul 😂 – 2:53 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Giannis Antetokounmpo took a take foul 90 feet from the basket in the first quarter.
He now heads to the bench with four fouls with 3:37 to go in the third after picking up two fouls in the span of about 15 seconds. – 2:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That’s a dumb foul by Giannis. His fourth and two free throws for Tatum.
Giannis knows it too. – 2:52 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Giannis picks up his fourth personal foul with 3:37 to play in the third quarter. The Bucks wisely take him out of the game, bring Lopez in as the Celtics Jayson Tatum makes 2 free throws, cuts Milwaukee lead to 72-66. – 2:52 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
What is Giannis doing lol – 2:52 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
4 fouls now on Giannis, who will now sit. C’s haven’t had much time with Giannis off the floor, and have done will in those couple of minutes he’s sat down – 2:52 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Giannis has to chill and avoid that 5th – 2:52 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Bucks really didn’t need Giannis committing fouls 3 and 4 more than 30 feet from the basket in the third quarter. – 2:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Giannis. – 2:52 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Big moment there, and not a smart play by Giannis. Charges into Tatum 35 feet from the hoop and picks up his 4th foul. – 2:52 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Giannis blitzes Tatum and commits his fourth foul as Brook Lopez checks in for him. Can the Celtics capitalize on this huge break? – 2:52 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And there is Antetokounmpo’s fourth foul. Picked up his third and fourth fouls in a hurry there.
Bucks up, 72-64, with 3:37 left in the third quarter. – 2:52 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That’s just a bad foul by Giannis. His fourth. 3:37 left in the third quarter. Picked it up out near halfcourt. – 2:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Three fouls on Giannis. – 2:51 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo picks up his third foul, this time on a loose ball off a missed FT. His last two fouls have not been well earned. – 2:50 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Giannis picks up his third on a loose-ball foul. – 2:50 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
But what all #Bucks fans want to know is that Jrue Holiday passed Ersan Ilyasova for No. 18 on the team’s all-time playoffs defensive rebounds list. – 2:49 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Bobby Portis’ goggles have been sitting on a courtside table for minutes and no Celtics fan has thought to steal them?? – 2:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics have to play through here. They can’t let some tough calls cause them to unravel. That was a 2021 Celtics problem. – 2:47 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo is 5-for-18. Jayson Tatum is 5-for-14. Each have 15 points.
#Bucks lead the #Celtics 68-62 with 4:17 to go in the third quarter. – 2:46 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Derrick White has Brook Lopez’ arm wrapped up with both of his arms under the basket. Foul called.
Boston: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – 2:46 PM
Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
Giannis is just absurd. – 2:45 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics bench really wanted a goaltend there. – 2:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That last foul was the fourth on Bobby Portis. – 2:44 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart favoring his quad now. He’s taken a beating today. Staying in the game though. – 2:43 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Marcus Smart stayed down there for awhile holding his right leg. Appeared to hit it trying to take a charge. He just gave a thumbs up to his teammates, though, and is staying in the game. – 2:43 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart goes down and is in pain on his right quad contusion from earlier. He’s limping down the floor but gives a thumbs up to the Celtics bench. – 2:43 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Marcus Smart is now grabbing his right knee after absorbing contact from Jrue Holiday. It appears he’s staying in.
On the other end, Bobby Portis picks up his fourth foul with 5:08 to go. – 2:43 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Now Marcus Smart is holding his knee. The man has taken a beating today. – 2:42 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Four fouls on Bobby Portis. – 2:42 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Derrick White had a terrible first quarter, but I think the Celtics need him to pierce this Bucks shell. – 2:42 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
I’ve seen a few “how far is current Giannis from peak LeBron” Qs and let me just say, don’t even go there – 2:42 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Celtics have to figure out some things, but Al Horford is doing a great job on Giannis, who has missed 9 of 12 in the paint – 2:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Giannis is out right now. The Celtics have to cut into this lead with him on the bench. – 2:41 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen is up to five turnovers. He has to be better with the ball. Giannis is 5-17 FG, his teammates are 19-38. #Celtics #Bucks2:41 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Big minutes coming up here for Celtics with them in the penalty and Giannis on the bench. – 2:41 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
1,000th career point for Jrue in the playoffs with this three!! 👌 pic.twitter.com/RdrS2vfKtK2:40 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tough time for Jaylen Brown off the dribble. Now has 5 turnovers – 2:40 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Because of a couple of Bucks runs and Rob getting kicked in the balls, Boston is down to just three timeouts for the rest of the game. – 2:40 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Robert Williams takes a Giannis sneaker to a sensitive area. Takes a brief trip to the back hallway and has returned to the court. He stays in the game. – 2:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Robert Williams is back on the floor, walking with more well, zest. #Celtics #Bucks2:38 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Robert Williams (kicked in junk) already back on the bench.
He was smiling on his way towards locker room and quickly came back from the tunnel. But he was hurting for a bit there. – 2:38 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Rob Williams quickly back from the locker room.
He took an inadvertent Giannis kick in…the…well, yeah. – 2:37 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Robert Williams III suffered a below-the-waist injury that occurred when Giannis Antetokounmpo inadvertently kicked him on a drive attempt. Williams is on the bench now, and seems to be feeling better. – 2:37 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
OK, Boston is looking more beat up than Tiger Woods w/a golf club. Somebody is leaving the floor or grabbing a sore body part every 5 minutes 😱 – 2:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Looked like Robert Williams got hit in the groin on a Giannis drive. He’s gone back to the locker room. – 2:37 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Robert Williams is going into the back after an apparent kick below the belt from Giannis on the drive. His back foot caught Rob somewhere, but it was hard to see – 2:37 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Defensive hustle leads to a Bobby bucket. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2WJnIU1wdW2:36 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Yeah, Robert Williams is walking to the bench and straight holding his wood. We know where he got hit. #Celtics #Bucks2:36 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams is really hurt. Boston didn’t want to have to use a timeout, because they only had four left. – 2:36 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
I think Robert Williams just called for a sub before that timeout. He’s in real pain out there. – 2:35 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Rob Williams is in a lot of pain holding his nuts. He can’t keep playing and Udoka calls a timeout. He’s down at center court now. – 2:35 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Now Robert Williams is hurt and can’t make it to the floor. Looks like he got hit in the lower midsection. #Celtics #Bucks2:35 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Now Robert Williams is down, holding what appears to be his groin. – 2:35 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Robert Williams III is down at midcourt, grabbing his midsection. Boston has to call time. – 2:35 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Tony Dobbins joins us at halftime to give an update on Marcus Smart and his second half availability pic.twitter.com/yHL7E9Vfrb2:35 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
That’s two backcourt offensive fouls for the Celtics in this game. I don’t think they’ve had one like that all season – 2:34 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Jrue Holiday’s 3 has been ruyled a 2. It’s now 64-54 – 2:34 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Story of Boston’s offense so far: Celtics are shooting worse from 2-point range (31.8 percent) than 3-point range (37.5 percent) – 2:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
You can see where the Bucks getting the title experience last year shows. Celtics hit a little run, Milwaukee responds without any sort of panic. – 2:33 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart is a little too willing to shoot the 3. That’s what Milwaukee wants. No issues with him taking some open ones, but he’s crossing into pressing and forcing it – 2:33 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jrue Holiday with a huge three, then a steal and a wild over the head pass while sitting on the ground to set up another bucket, this one by Bobby Portis. Couple huge plays to stunt Boston’s momentum, just as the crowd was getting into the game. – 2:32 PM
Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
The Bucks are susceptible to opponent 3-point shooting, but making teams one-dimensional is also how they win. Bucks were 10-1 when allowing 48+ opponent 3FGA this season including a season-high 52 vs. Bulls last game — and Celtics already 12/32 early in third. – 2:32 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday just did “The Jrue” to Marcus Smart. theathletic.com/3203712/2022/0…2:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics started going at Lopez in the drop coverage later in the first half.
Attacking him that way vs forcing it by going at him at the rim is the way to find good looks. – 2:31 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Would bet TD Garden is going to bring back the 10-second Jermaine O’Neal at FT line count by the end of this series for Giannis. – 2:31 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jayson Tatum opens the second half with a couple of threes and Giannis Antetokounmpo seemed intent on picking up his second foul near half court (?).
#Bucks lead the #Celtics 59-52 in the early going of the third quarter. – 2:30 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum is awake… – 2:30 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
52 field goal attempts for Boston. 31 3-pointers. Celtics have 17 makes for 32.7% shooting, but do have 12 assists. They are very quick to accept the 3-pointers – 2:30 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Bobby. Gets. Buckets. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Y93n9SCm7y2:30 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks interior defense has been incredibly good. – 2:28 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics are 6-for-21 on 2-point shots in this game. Milwaukee’s interior defense has been outstanding. – 2:28 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Brook Lopez has been amazing. – 2:27 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Marcus Smart is back on the floor for the Celtics to start the third quarter, after suffering a shoulder stinger and quad injury in the second quarter. – 2:27 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Marcus Smart’s shoulder is worth keeping an eye on in the 2nd half. If he’s not a factor offensively you can change how you use Jrue – 2:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart starts the second half. – 2:26 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart on the court to start second half but Jaylen Brown brings ball up – 2:26 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Bucks shot 50% on threes in the first half but they were largely good looks. While its safe to assume that number will drop, I would expect Grayson Allen to hit a majority of his shots if you leave him open – 2:25 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Marcus Smart returns to the court for the #Celtics and the crowd cheers. He is grimacing and feeling his right shoulder, but it starting to work it out as he is taking threes. – 2:24 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart emerges from the tunnel at halftime to a standing ovation. His shoulder looks ginger and he’s holding his chest a bit as he starts to work on his form shooting. His touch is unsurprisingly way off. – 2:24 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Marcus Smart is back and shooting jump-shots during warmups. Crowd approves. – 2:24 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Marcus Smart returns to the floor for the second half, walking like he’s less than 100 percent. But he’s a go. #Celtics #Bucks2:24 PM
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
Celtics succeeded in holding Giannis to 5-13 shooting! But Giannis made all the right reads. 7 assists. Pushed pace. 18 FB pts. 10 threes. And without Middleton. In 1st half, Bucks looked like a team that just won a chip, very good & deep! – 2:24 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Marcus Smart back on the floor warming up for second half. – 2:24 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Big cheer as Marcus Smart emerges from Celtics tunnel – 2:24 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Real rough first half for Derrick White. (0/3 FG, two turnovers). C’s going to need more from him offensively with open opportunities he’s getting – 2:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics need more from Tatum, Brown and White. Everyone else did more or less what was expected.
Bucks will probably cool off a bit shooting-wise, but only if Boston gets out there to defend them. Way too many really good looks for the Bucks. – 2:22 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Per Celtics, Marcus Smart has a Right Shoulder Stinger/Right Quad Contusion. Expected to return. – 2:21 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
10 of the Celtics’ 16 shots (34%) have come from 3-point range. Thus far they’re doing exactly what Milwaukee wants. The bench is shooting 4-12. – 2:19 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Tatum rejected by Giannis!! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/IS7S05mS7Z2:18 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Good news, the Celtics report that Smart has a shoulder stinger and is set to return in the second half. That looked much worse. – 2:16 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Celtics say Marcus Smart (shoulder stinger) will return to Game 1 against Milwaukee.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com2:15 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Per Celtics, Marcus Smart has a right shoulder stinger and right quad contusion, but is expected to return. – 2:15 PM
Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
The key w/ Marcus Smart will be how the injury is described. If it is referred to as a subluxation (partial dislocation) or a dislocation then it involves the glenohumeral (ball-and-socket) joint. If it is described as a shoulder separation then the injury involves the AC joint. – 2:15 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
The latest on Marcus Smart’s shoulder injury as the Celtics say he should be available to return in second half masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…2:15 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics say Marcus Smart has a right shoulder stinger AND a right quad contusion (he was rubbing his quad before the shoulder injury).
He is expected to return. – 2:15 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics say Marcus Smart is expected to return, and the right shoulder injury was a stinger – 2:15 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart (right shoulder stinger/right quad contusion) is expected to return. – 2:14 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Marcus Smart expected to return, per Celtics. Called a shoulder stinger. – 2:14 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart has a shoulder stinger and eight quad contusion, per the Celtics. He is expected to return. – 2:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart – Right Shoulder Stinger/Right Quad Contusion – EXPECTED TO RETURN per the Celtics. – 2:14 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The good news? It’s only 10 points
The bad news? Giannis hasn’t shot well and has 14/8/7.
The worst news? Smart looked like he dislocated his right shoulder.
The maybe good news? Boston has to shooter better in the second half, plus Brown and Tatum should be much better. – 2:14 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Marcus Smart is expected to return with a right shoulder stinger, per the Celtics. – 2:14 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Celtics say DPOY Marcus Smart is expected to return with a right shoulder stinger and right quad contusion. – 2:14 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Smart is expected to return. It was a stinger. #Celtics #Bucks2:14 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Tons of time to turn it around (and the third quarter is coming) but I thought that was a concerning half for the Celtics. A lot of their issues were Milwaukee-inflicted rather than self-inflicted. – 2:13 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Just a brilliant half from the Bucks. Being able to play Brook Lopez against essentially all of Boston’s best groups is huge (literally) for them defensively. – 2:13 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Bucks outscored Celtics by 17 points in Jevon Carter’s first half minutes.
If you watched him at WVU, you see it – 2:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks lead 56-46 after the half
Tatum – 9 points
Horford – 9 points
Smart – 7 points
Celtics – 34% FGs
Celtics – 10-28 threes
Celtics – 9 turnovers
Giannis – 14/8/7
Allen – 9 points
Holiday – 8 points
Bucks – 45.5% FGs
Bucks – 10-20 three
Bucks – 9 turnovers – 2:12 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Celtics down 10 at the half, but should consdier themselves lucky to be only down 10 after 6 turnovers in the quarter. Giannis on the verge of a triple double already with 14p/8r/7a. Tatum and Brown are 5-18 for 15 points – 2:12 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Too many early turnovers but the Bucks managed to weather the storm and looked dominant in the 2nd quarter.
6 of Giannis’ 7 assists have gone to 3s and he’s been the best player on the floor – 2:12 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Bucks 56, Celtics 46
– Antetokounmpo 14pts/8reb/7ast (20 mins)
– Allen 9pts
– Holiday 8pts/2reb/4ast
– Portis 7pts/5reb
– Connaughton 6pts/3reb – 2:12 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Celtics go scoreless over the last 2:25 of first quarter and 2:15 of second quarter. Bucks fill those voids with 10 and six points, respectively, to lead at the half, 56-46. – 2:11 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics look ragged in first half, trail #Bucks 56-46. Horford 9, Tatum 9, Smart 7 (left game with shoulder injury), Brown 6; Antetokounmpo 14, Allen 9, Holiday 8, Portis 7. – 2:11 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Bucks blitz Tatum in the pick-and-roll, he splits it. But guess who’s there with the elite help defense: Giannis pic.twitter.com/3GmaBgDL122:11 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Half: Bucks 56, Celtics 46 – 2:10 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Ooooh. Marcus Smart in serious pain. R shoulder biceps area. Immediately left the court with a trainer – 2:09 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Man, this is not the first half you wanted if you’re Boston. At all. – 2:08 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
With Smart out, Celtics go to their five pest perimeter shooters to close out the first half: Pritchard, Brown, Tatum, Williams and Horford. – 2:08 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
It appears Marcus Smart just had his shoulder pop out. He went into the lane, and got grabbed by Jevon Carter. Smart immediately called to the bench and went to the locker room with the help of a trainer, and appeared unable to move his right arm. – 2:08 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart just ran back to the locker room looking seriously injured holding his right shoulder. Looked like it may have popped out when he drove on Pat Connaughton just now. – 2:07 PM
Lori Nickel @LoriNickel
Marcus Smart did something to right arm or shoulder ? pic.twitter.com/KiZzylop5y2:07 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Marcus Smart was fouled, holds right shoulder as he jogs back to the locker room for further examination by the Celtics medical staff. – 2:07 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart runs off floor holding his right arm in obvious pain. Heads with trainer to locker room – 2:07 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Marcus Smart is rushing back to the locker room, holding his right arm. Looks like his shoulder might’ve popped out. – 2:07 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Marcus Smart has come off the floor with his right arm hanging and holding his shoulder. He ran straight down the tunnel into the back – 2:07 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Marcus Smart to the locker room. Looked liked his shoulder. – 2:07 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart is in serious pain. He just jogged toward the locker room area with his right arm dangling from his side. – 2:06 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Marcus Smart is hurt, looks like his shoulder is dislocated, going straight to the locker room. #Celtics #Bucks2:06 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Marcus Smart went right to the #Celtics locker room favoring his right shoulder. – 2:06 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
60 percent of the Celtics’ shot attempts have been from 3-point range. – 2:06 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Wasn’t expecting Carter-Allen to be the backcourt unit that gives Boston fits but here we are. – 2:06 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Celtics gotta start targeting Grayson Allen on defense. Milwaukee’s baited them into going at Lopez instead – 2:06 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Crazy that Giannis is 4 for 12 from the field with just two free throw attempts but has still dominated the game. – 2:05 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Me, before the series: Look, the Celtics are just the better team.
Me, after watching one (1) minute of Celtics-Bucks: Oh yeah, Giannis. – 2:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Everyone is complaining, minus Horford who 100% knew he fouled Giannis. – 2:05 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
That’s a late whistle for what was an obvious foul on Horford.
Antetokounmpo to the line for his first two free throws with 1:56 left in the first half. – 2:05 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jevon steal. Grayson finish!! pic.twitter.com/fIMwwYqBGB2:05 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
If Grayson Allen is gonna keep being this dude …Yikes – 2:04 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Celtics watching Grayson Allen like pic.twitter.com/uY1vFHdSQG2:04 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Remind that the Nets owe Jevon Carter $3.9 million next year to not play for them. – 2:04 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
That’s a pretty, pretty no-look dime from Giannis Antetokounmpo out of that post-up for the Grayson Allen 3.
My goodness. – 2:04 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
The Bucks defense doesn’t really force turnovers. But the Celtics have already committed nine turnovers and the Bucks are taking advantage.
14 points off of those turnovers. – 2:02 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
That’s nine turnovers for the Celtics. Bucks REALLY pressuring the ball. Jevon Carter is a tough dude. – 2:01 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“We’ve had an unbelievable storybook run.”
🔊 Bucks Team President Peter Feigin tells @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine what monumental moment changed everything for them.
Hear the Bucks-Celtics Game 1 happening now on NBA Radio! https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4 pic.twitter.com/aPVtud4CQ32:01 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
The difference between the Bucks’ regular-season and postseason defense is pretty impressive. – 2:00 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Bucks take a 42-34 lead after hitting their eighth 3-pointer in 16 attempts. An upset Ime Udoka calls a timeout, apparently to request his Celtics stand closer to their guests. – 1:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka let the Celtics players have it as they walked back to the huddle. Let’s see if it serves as a wakeup call. – 1:59 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Giannis just 2/7 at the rim. Part of that is the Celtics length but part of it is just luck.
I would point to that potential regression/progression to the mean as much as I would Tatum & Brown’s struggles – 1:59 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
We’re seeing how Cs playing big can be a problem for them in transition when MIL forces turnovers and the Celtics bigs are down by the baseline. On that last play, Boston had 2 defenders in the middle to force the ball out of Giannis’ hands, but Horford was way behind Matthews. – 1:59 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tatum and Brown are having a very weird start to this game, especially with the turnovers. Both players have only one field goal each to go with multiple giveaways each – 1:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Brown and Tatum have been really poor to start this game.
Combined 2-of-11 shooting with 5 turnovers. – 1:57 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo rolled into the post, prepped his baseline fader, and the Celtics doubled. Kick to Grayson Allen for a 3.
Antetokounmpo kicked another one out to Wesley Matthews two possessions later. Another 3.
Bucks up, 42-34, with 5:31 left in the first half. – 1:57 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics leaving shooters open, and they’re getting burned. #Bucks are 8-16 on 3’s. MIL 42, BOS 34. – 1:57 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Now, the #Bucks take advantage of a turnover and Wesley Matthews hits a three. Milwaukee is up 42-34 on Boston as Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t get a ball to drop, or to the free throw line. – 1:57 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics definitely taking the bait early with these 3s Bucks are conceding. More than half of their shot attempts (19 of 36) have come from deep. – 1:56 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Giannis in the post and Smart went to jump the spin move but Giannis didn’t spin, he stayed under control and hit Grayson Allen for a 3-pointer. Giannis is up to 6 assists right now, picking the C’s apart w/his passing – 1:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob had Giannis and Smart doubled for no reason. That left Allen wide open. – 1:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Bucks are defending Jayson Tatum how the Celtics defended Kevin Durant. They’re being very physical with him, including chipping on cuts, even when he’s just moving from one side of the court to the other. Really good defense from Milwaukee so far. – 1:54 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tatum and Brown are a combined 2-11, and Celtics trail by two. Antetokounmpo is 3-10. Not a lot of open opportunities out there. – 1:54 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
A sign of how good a defensive series this will be:
Bucks/Celtics a combined 12-33 in the paint (36.4%) so far. Nothing easy inside. – 1:53 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
It’s so tough when you successfully pull Robert Williams away from the rim, but then have to deal with the size of the Js pulling in to close the rim space you just created and a help genius like Horford to cover for them. – 1:53 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After three early turnovers, Giannis Antetokounmpo is really whipping the ball around the court. Made some really tough passes, but struggling when going to the rim. Just 3-of-10 from the field.
Bucks are 6-of-13 from 3 though and they lead, 36-34, with 6:38 left in Q2. – 1:53 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
So far…
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown combines for 2/11 FG
Giannis Antetokounmpo has 3/10 FG
The main guys starts little bit cold in Game 1 at TD Garden. #NBAPlayoffs1:53 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Tatum and the Celtics are probably going to be fine, but it’s definitely an adjustment going from playing the Nets’ defense to Milwaukee’s. Some looks that were clean last week aren’t so clean today. – 1:53 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo is 3-for-10 and the #Bucks lead the #Celtics 36-34. Milwaukee is still turning the ball over (10) but they have not allowed Boston to score off their last few giveaways. – 1:53 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
All season Giannis showed how far his passing has come, still amazing to think about how far he’s come in that regard – 1:53 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum makes his first bucket with 6:38 left in the second quarter. He missed his first five shot attempts. Bucks doing a great job against him so far. – 1:52 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Rob Williams’ athletic edge showing here as Giannis eurosteps through him on the break to get to the reverse on the other side of the rim, but Rob can reach just far enough to get to the shot and force Giannis to miss. Theis and Horford aren’t getting there. – 1:52 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
You really can’t judge the performance of Celtics role players until their stars figure some things* out.
*anything – 1:52 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
First bucket of the game for Tatum with 6:40 left in second quarter. Heck of a pass from Smart in transition – 1:51 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Some Jokic-esque passes from Giannis this half – 1:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum is overly focused on trying to provide help on Giannis. That opened up that last three for Connaughton. – 1:51 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Pat Connaughton has drawn two personal fouls on the Celtics by playing physical on-ball defense in the first half.
I did not see that coming. – 1:50 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Clearly the Bucks did an exhaustive study of how the Celtics defended Kevin Durant… They’re doing it to Jayson Tatum. – 1:49 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Marcus Smart draws his first charge and now Bobby Portis has two fouls. #Bucks lead the #Celtics 33-32 with about 730 to go in the first half. – 1:49 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Tatum/Brown are a combined 1-of-9 to open the game. – 1:49 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Feels like Tatum is holding the ball too long – 1:49 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis with the insane dime to Bobby for the finish!! pic.twitter.com/VqBPVTv8y81:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I assume Tatum and Brown will start making shots…eventually. – 1:49 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Bucks have had some amazing transition defense so far. Just wiping away what could be good opportunities for Boston. – 1:48 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Bucks have to win the defensive glass when they’re playing big. Too many offensive rebound early from the Celtics. Bigs have to do a better job helping Brook – 1:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics HAVE to win the non-Giannis minutes. And ideally they would win them big. – 1:44 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Bulls were not a good team but going from the Nets defense to the Bucks is quite a jump – 1:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks won’t continue to throw it away like they have, so it’s disappointing Boston didn’t take advantage. – 1:43 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
The Bucks defense over Tatum was insane in 1st quarter. 1pt with 0/4 FG for Tatum so far. Great consentration for the champs. #FearTheDeer1:43 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Derrick White’s strong point is that he’s always composed and on the move offensively, but the Bucks defense is too long for him to find open windows. When he can’t hit floaters over their bigs, it’s hard for him to make an impact in this series and so far it’s been ugly. – 1:42 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Derrick White was minus-7 in his five minutes. #Celtics #Bucks1:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bucks lead 27-24 after one
Smart – 7 points
Horford – 6 points
Rob – 4 points, 5 rebounds
Celtics – 33% FGs
Celtics – 4-11 threes
Celtics – 3 turnovers
Giannis – 6/5/4
Holiday – 6 points
Portis – 5 points
Bucks – 47.8% FGs
Bucks – 5-9 threes
Bucks – 7 turnovers – 1:41 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
I’m not sure Ime can use White and Pritchard at the same time in this series unless Giannis is out. Milwaukee is sending their men to the corners and making them be the back line on Giannis drives instead of Rob or Tatum. A different form of targeting, but targeting nonetheless. – 1:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The C̶e̶l̶t̶i̶c̶s̶ Bucks defense. pic.twitter.com/oBrjBo7wnR1:40 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Despite all the Bucks turnovers (seven), still a nice first quarter for Milwaukee – defensively for sure but solid shooting, too. – 1:40 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After one quarter, the Bucks lead, 27-24. Antetokounmpo with 6pts/5reb/4ast/3TO after playing the entire quarter. – 1:40 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Bucks end 1Q on a 10-0 run, lead #Celtics 27-24. Smart 7, Horford 6, RWilliams 4, Brown 3, Tatum 1; Antetokounmpo 6, Holiday 6,, Portis 5. – 1:40 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Tatum and Jaylen a combined 1 for 7 from the field and 2 for 4 from the line in that first quarter.
Bucks defense is not the Nets defense. – 1:39 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Paint slammed shut on Tatum so far – 0-4, 1 point – 1:39 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Celtics and Bucks were both relentless that first quarter. We’re in for one hell of a series – 1:39 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo played the entire first quarter for the #Bucks. He was the only player for either team to do so.
Milwaukee leads Boston 27-24 after one. – 1:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This may be the worst quarter of basketball of Derrick White’s life. – 1:39 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Pat Connaughton looks incredibly dorky defending the inbounder – 1:38 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Brook Lopez is causing real problems at the rim. #Celtics #Bucks1:38 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Bucks picking up full court and really getting into the Celtics ball handlers. Have made Boston uncomfortable that way. – 1:37 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
You assume at some point the reality of Derrick White is going to match the theory of Derrick White, but not so far. – 1:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum and Theis in after the timeout. Brown and Horford get their first rest.
9-man rotation for Boston so far. – 1:37 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
This Jaylen Brown putback is crazy pic.twitter.com/BusOl8cIMn1:36 PM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
It’s understandable how the Bucks lost sight of Jaylen Brown on that tip dunk.
He was hiding behind the 1974 championship banner before descending to make the play. – 1:36 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Derrick White really hurting the Celts again. Ongoing prob. Surprised Pritchard wasn’t the first guard off the bench for this one. – 1:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Pat Connaughton always plays well in the Boston homecoming games. Or it least it feels like he does. – 1:35 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Celtics had an 8-0 and have had a couple tip-slams off missed shots, but the #Bucks have stayed connected. Boston leads 24-22 with 1:47 to go in the first quarter. – 1:35 PM
Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
Get friggen Tatum back in..40 minutes! – 1:35 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Jaylen Brown continues to find creative ways to dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo – 1:34 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Boston defense is *nasty* – 1:34 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Wow, Jaylen Brown. Sheesh. Just skied over Giannis for that putback. – 1:34 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen over Giannis wooooww – 1:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Getting Pritchard in while Carter is out there, is a good move by Udoka. Gives him someone to guard without as much worry as other Bucks. – 1:33 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Bucks daring Grant Williams to shoot 3s has worked in the past. Probably won’t in this series. – 1:33 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics need White to make those short ones in the paint. – 1:32 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics have forced six Bucks turnovers in eight minutes. – 1:31 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Bucks now have 7 turnovers in 8 minutes and are shooting 38 percent from the field. Marcus Smart, unsurprisingly, has been at the center of it all. – 1:31 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
All-Defensive Playoff Team
Jrue Holiday
Jayson Tatum
Mikal Bridges
Draymond Green
Bam Adebayo pic.twitter.com/B0B6dQTziP1:29 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics off to a 37.5% start, Bucks 41.7%. Setting the tone for a great defensive clash. – 1:29 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
White and Grant in for the Celtics. Ime Udoka sticking with his regular rotation of taking out Rob and Tatum first.
Tatum will come back in before the end of Q1 when Brown will sit.
The difference may be if Ime sticks with 8 and Rob comes back or if goes with 9 and plays Theis. – 1:29 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
He defends. He passes. And yes, @Marcus Smart can finish at the rim if you sleep on his movement off the ball. Boston leads Milwaukee 18-12. pic.twitter.com/pPT4d1Lq8O1:28 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
That Tatum defence on Jrue above the arc was incredible, didn’t give him an inch – 1:28 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Celtics have attempted four more shots than the #Bucks, who have five turnovers. Boston also has four points off three offensive rebounds. – 1:28 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams with easily his best stint since coming back from knee surgery. Four points, five rebounds, a big presence at the rim, crushing on the offensive glass. Good sight for the Celtics. – 1:26 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday just picked up his second personal foul with 5:01 left in the first quarter.
Both fouls came as he tried to take charges. First one, he was late. Second one looked like it could have been legit. – 1:26 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis runs on dunkin’!! pic.twitter.com/mpPuyUckMo1:26 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jrue Holiday now has two fouls seven minutes into the first quarter. #Celtics lead the #Bucks 16-12. – 1:25 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Second foul on Jrue Holiday. #Celtics #Bucks1:25 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Robert Williams is back. – 1:25 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Robert Williams is springy, man. – 1:24 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After five minutes, the Bucks and Celtics are tied at 10.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has two turnovers, but also hammered a dunk for the Bucks’ first bucket and also hit a mid-range jumper.
Both teams have settled in here. Lots of nervous energy/adrenaline from both sides to start. – 1:21 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Celtics have half of their points off four #Bucks turnovers in the opening five minutes of Game 1.
10-10 at the 6:56 mark. – 1:20 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Grayson Allen checks in and crowd immediately gets on him. They haven’t experienced Grayson Allen enough to boo, have they? – 1:20 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
We look to come out and match the Bucks’ level of focus and intensity for Game 1 pic.twitter.com/SrW4geDzfF1:19 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
While it’s wise for the Celtics to respect Giannis and what he can do defensively at the rim, at some point they need to look to finish at the rim and not just drive and kick. – 1:19 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
First sub is Grayson Allen. He came on for Jrue Holiday. – 1:19 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Grayson Allen is today’s sixth man for the #Bucks. Game tied at 10. – 1:18 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Going from facing the Nets to the Bucks defense is like hiking Sedona then booking a flight to the Himalayas. – 1:18 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Bucks win the opening tip. Ball goes to @Giannis Antetokounmpo in backcourt.
Crowd starts to boo, then realizes, hey, you can’t hate Giannis. Hooting ceases. You can dislike what he does to your team, but you’ve got to respect the dude. – 1:18 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Celtics up on the #Bucks 10-8 in the early going. Giannis Antetokounmpo has three turnovers, Jrue Holiday has six points. – 1:17 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis starting off strong!! pic.twitter.com/Ta9PUXzV2O1:16 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics can’t pass up perfectly good shots (that Smart floater) to try and find perfect shots. Just take the good ones.
Perfect is the enemy of good. – 1:16 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Al getting things started 👌🏽 pic.twitter.com/yRnwJQYBgv1:15 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics trying to crack Bucks’ drop-down D early – 2-3 from three. – 1:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob Williams is in his roamer role guarding Wesley Matthews. – 1:12 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Matthews on Tatum to start.
DHO into a Williams roll, which opens up Horford for a 3. – 1:12 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Giannis guarding Jaylen Brown. Jrue Holiday on Smart. Different matchups than I would have expected. – 1:12 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Robert Williams indeed starting out on Wesley Matthews as a roamer.. Al Horford picked up Giannis to open the game – 1:12 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Giannis immediately draws a double and makes a turnover. #Celtics #Bucks1:11 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Horford forces a Giannis turnover on the first possession. – 1:11 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Horford opens up on Giannis and a Celtics double team immediately forces a turnover. – 1:11 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Celtics ready to get this thing going. pic.twitter.com/exfXYNBcLJ1:11 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Horford on Antetokounmpo on the Bucks first offensive possession.
Antetokounmpo turns it over. – 1:11 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Horford on Giannis to start. Gets a stop. – 1:11 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart’s hair, like Ms. Lippy’s car, is green. – 1:11 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart came ready for the Bucks series pic.twitter.com/0jVxmse5Ic1:11 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Marcus Smart sporting some green hair for this series. – 1:10 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
As we officially get underway with the second round here in Boston, here are my predictions:
Heat in 5
Celtics in 6
Mavs in 6
Warriors in 6 – 1:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It remains awesome that TD Garden is Deuce Tatum’s personal playground. – 1:10 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Marcus Smart has dyed his hair a dark green for the occasion. – 1:10 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bucks. Celtics. Game 1 coming up pic.twitter.com/GrnR6ltnhk1:10 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Tatum daps up Deuce pregame. It’s on. – 1:09 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Rob Williams returns to the starting lineup with no restrictions. – 1:07 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
of course celtics fans boo giannis even though he’s like the most loveable athlete in the sport – 1:06 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’m guessing we see the Bucks start out like this matchup-wise:
Holiday – Tatum
Matthews – Brown
Giannis – Smart
Portis – Horford
Lopez – Rob
That will allow Giannis to roam some, while Lopez can stay in the paint. – 1:06 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I would’ve picked Celtics in seven if Khris Middleton was healthy. Without him, I went Celtics in five. – 1:06 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
It’s time for Bucks Basketball!! pic.twitter.com/qEPGeTCyBg1:05 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The green hair is admirable on Marcus Smart’s part but this maybe isn’t the series to do that? Milwaukee also wears green. – 1:04 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Kyrie showing up on the Jumbotron during a Round 1 highlight reel generated louder boos than the Bucks did when they walked onto the court. – 1:03 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Celtics vs. Bucks score: Live updates from NBA playoffs as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum meet in Game 1
cbssports.com/nba/news/celti…1:01 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Curious to see how effective Jrue Holiday can be offensively going up against Marcus Smart and Derrick White. If Holiday can hold his own and Brook Lopez can win the centre matchup, Bucks should be right there. We know Giannis is gonna be insanely good.
GrayConn 1 needed, too. – 12:59 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
And yes, Bobby Portis will open this series with the goggles/specs/bifocals (h/t @olskool888) – 12:57 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Keeping the same energy for Game 1.
🏁 @Audi pic.twitter.com/KLLTPuUDeO12:54 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters this afternoon:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Bucks starters:
Brook Lopez
Bobby Portis
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Wesley Matthews
Jrue Holiday – 12:53 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Bucks at Celtics – TD Garden – May 1, 2022 – Game 1 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, R. Williams
Milwaukee – Jrue Holiday, Wes Matthews, Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
OUT: Boston: None Milwaukee: Middleton, Hill pic.twitter.com/v61Clbe2NJ12:52 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Starters for this afternoon ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/E4FGkgrkF812:47 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
The Bucks & Celtics are meeting in the postseason for the 8th time. pic.twitter.com/gTxb5kgnBZ12:47 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Poll: Who wins the Bucks-Celtics series? – 12:40 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The injuries are piling up in the Eastern Conference playoffs as Khris Middleton will reportedly miss the series against the Celtics.
Amin Elhassan thinks things are falling into place for Boston
Hear the Bucks-Celtics Game 1 today on NBA Radio! https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4 pic.twitter.com/gubtF6twQm12:37 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
The champions are underdogs. @jefffogle on the effect of Khris Middleton’s injury. truehoop.com/p/betting-mark…12:34 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Grayson is shooting 60% from the field and 58.3% from three in five games this postseason. pic.twitter.com/5Nwf4fOzzW12:33 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Another area where the Celtics were much better this year…afternoon games.
Including the Tatum winner in Game 1 against the Nets, Boston was 9-2 in the early starts. The only losses by 4 on Christmas at Milwaukee and at the buzzer to Dallas on Kevin Garnett day. – 12:33 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
All day coverage of the @Milwaukee Bucks and Celtics on @620wtmj
Pregame w/ me & @DaveKoehnPxP begins at 11:30 and then Bucks Talk all the way until 5:00 – 12:17 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Had to do some family traveling this weekend so I’ve not been able to do any studying. That being said, due to injuries…
Heat over Sixers(I likely would pick Philly otherwise)
Celtics over Bucks
Warriors over Grizzlies
Suns over Mavericks – 12:15 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis led the Bucks in the first round, averaging 28.6 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 56.8% from the field. pic.twitter.com/JAmDT5tAEj12:14 PM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Every seat gets a shirt thanks to @PutnamToday and @ArbellaIns pic.twitter.com/lZMoBjI78k12:09 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
In their last matchup, the Bucks showed off their defensive prowess in a 4th quarter surge to rally past the Celtics, 127-121.
🔄 @betwayusa Game Rewind pic.twitter.com/G4egwIlZxZ11:59 AM

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude @ROSGO21
It’s a Game Day from Boston! THRILLED to be on the call for this compelling series between the red hot Celtics and defending champs Milwaukee Bucks! On the call, in the analyst seat, w my partner, @Sean Kelley on @ESPNRadio!
🏀🍿🔥🔥 #NBAPlayoffs11:56 AM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
According to sources, however, Celtics dealing solely with Milwaukee today… pic.twitter.com/SsAwZIMFMb11:54 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime Udoka explains how Jaylen Brown’s hamstring issue this time around wasn’t the same as his previous issues, and that this one didn’t really rise to the term “injury”. pic.twitter.com/lRG7SOeuSd11:44 AM

Boston Celtics @celtics
Green hair, don’t care ☘️ pic.twitter.com/W9gIe5nCsp11:44 AM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Ready to work.
📸 @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/5pkBuDe7yn11:44 AM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Just deleted it all.
The starting lineup that the Bucks used in games 3-5 against the Bulls will be the one they use in Game 1 today against Boston. – 11:41 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The @NBA Playoffs continue today!
Listen LIVE on NBA Radio!
📻 https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
GAME 1
1:00pm/et: @Milwaukee Bucks/@Boston Celtics
GAME 1
3:30pm/et: @Golden State Warriors/@Memphis Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/Hzbk5QHTXS11:41 AM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Marc Spears was on the FAN the other day and said the Raptors had a chance to trade up and draft Nikola Jokic but opted not to because they had Gasol and Ibaka. This couldn’t be true because Jokic was drafted in 2014… but I wonder if he meant someone else and got mixed up🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/RV7jH91S0k11:36 AM

Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Same starting 5 for the Bucks today – 11:36 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Mike Budenholzer said the Bucks will use the same starting lineup they used against the Bulls. So they’ll have Portis next to Giannis and Lopez. Big lineup. – 11:36 AM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Bucks in 7.
Heat in 6.
Warriors in 6.
Mavericks in 7.
The Celtics and Suns could end up rolling thus making me look very dumb (wouldn’t be the first time!).
But I believe in Giannis and Luka. – 11:27 AM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
A homecoming of sorts for Pat.
📸 @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/4Nx329w4FN11:26 AM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics feel like they will have “favorable matchups” in certain places during this series. – 11:24 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Jaylen Brown went through all hamstring tests and it’s just as strong as usual.
“They feel good about where he’s at and where he tested … no limitations at all.” – 11:23 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka says Jaylen Brown is good to play today without restrictions due to his hamstring, Robert Williams is back in the starting lineup and Boston is back to its normal rotation. – 11:21 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
Coach Udoka says everyone is available today – no minutes restrictions for anyone. – 11:21 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Jaylen Brown is good to go with no restrictions today. Robert Williams is back into the starting lineup, also with no restrictions today – 11:20 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Robert Williams will start in Game 1. He’s back to his regular minutes, per Udoka. No restrictions. Jaylen Brown will also play and start. – 11:20 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka says Jaylen Brown is “good to go” with no restrictions.
Same for Robert Williams, and Williams will return to the starting five today. – 11:20 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown will have no minutes restrictions per Ime Udoka – 11:20 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown has no restrictions per Ime Udoka. Rob Williams will start and they are back to their normal rotation. – 11:20 AM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said George Hill would not be ready for Game 1 vs. the #Celtics and that is the case, as the veteran point guard is out with an abdominal strain he originally suffered vs. Detroit on April 8. – 11:20 AM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Bucks in 7
Heat in 6
MAVS in 6
Warriors in 5 – 11:12 AM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
My favorite Round 2 bet: a series parlay w/ the Celtics (-200) and Suns (-295) which is +100 right now on @FDSportsbook.
Giannis is the bet-busting X-factor obviously. Here’s how me, Mahoney + KOC broke down The Freak’s considerable ceiling in Round 2.
youtu.be/lEuzIiD-iMg11:08 AM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Sunday Morning in Boston.
📸 @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/G7A32HlYnk11:07 AM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Even the seagulls in Boston go to Dunkin pic.twitter.com/DbhwM1fiG210:59 AM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Conference Semifinal predictions
EAST
Celtics beat Bucks in 6
Heat beat 76ers in 5
WEST
Warriors beat Grizzlies in 7
Suns beat Mavs in 6 – 10:50 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
In my deep-dive BOS-MIL series preview for @celticsblog (link below!), I said I think a sneaky key to this series for the Celtics is Payton Pritchard.
He’s Boston’s best pullup shooter, non-Tatum division. That shot is often there. He needs to make it.
celticsblog.com/2022/4/29/2304…10:42 AM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Giannis, Tatum, Steph, Ja all in action today. pic.twitter.com/ghdAI52GHe10:39 AM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
70/30 Heat with Embiid’s injury, 55/45 Heat if Embiid only had the thumb issue, 60/40 Sixers or Embiid was 100%.
65/35 Celtics (would be 50/50ish if Middleton was healthy
58/42 Suns
51/49 Warriors (I’m expecting a great series here) – 10:32 AM
Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
Meanwhile… #Bucks are winning & ready to leverage real estate.
“Here’s what a championship team & organization looks like,” team president Peter Feigin told me “We’re on an upswing about what our narrative is & what our results are.”
#Sportsbiz #NBA
cnbc.com/2022/04/29/mil…10:17 AM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Will the Bucks have more or less than 7 steals today?
📊 @betwayusa pic.twitter.com/cNTjhVQwEl10:09 AM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday on #Celtics guard Marcus Smart winning DPOY:
“To be able to take beatings every single night and kind of not get the gratitude or whatever you want to call it for that, seeing Marcus get it, man, I was so happy.”
jsonline.com/story/sports/n…10:09 AM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And then, I re-watched every defensive possession against Jayson Tatum when the regulars for both the Bucks and Celtics played.
(Reminder: $1/month for six months offer for new subscribers)
How will the Bucks try to cover Jayson Tatum? At @TheAthletic: theathletic.com/3271123/2022/0…10:07 AM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
At @TheAthletic, we went deep into the matchups, lineups, players and coaching decisions that will decide each game.
(Reminder: $1/month for six months sub special for new subscribers)
With @Jay King/@Jared Weiss, our Bucks-Celtics series preview: theathletic.com/3279638/2022/0…10:05 AM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
I also joined @AndrewKSchlecht and @Albabycakes on Saturday Slam and Jam on the @The Athletic podcast network.
We talked about the Bucks-Celtics series as well. apple.co/3jpVA3i10:02 AM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
We are roughly three hours away from tip time, so I’m about to send out a bunch of links that can fill up that time for you to prepare for Game 1 of Bucks-Celtics.
We’ll start with the Anything is Poddable series preview with @Jay King/@JamPackard: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/any…10:01 AM
Boston Celtics @celtics
TODAY ☘️ Round 2 Game 1
🆚 @Milwaukee Bucks
⏰ 1PM
📺 ABC
🎙️ @985TheSportsHub
Small Business of the Game: https://t.co/2qzY0IbNyY
#CelticPride pic.twitter.com/CQU0UJtO5M9:55 AM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Celtics in 5
Heat in 5
Suns in 6
Warriors in 5 – 9:43 AM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
I’ve got #Bucks in 7, #Suns in 4, #Heat in 5 and #Grizzlies in 7. More, along with a few #NBA wagering items of note: sidelines.io/nba/nba-playof…9:28 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
New on BSJ: My full Celtics-Bucks series preview: Does Boston’s defense have enough to slow Giannis Antetokounmpo down? bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/04/30/cel…9:21 AM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
A break down of Celtics-Bucks series with the great @John Karalis at @SdnaGr.
-The Celtics strengths
-The match-up vs. Giannis
-Middleton’s absence
-Home-court advantage
-X-Factors
Get ready for a big time series! #NBAPlayoffs #Bleedgreen #FearTheDeer
sdna.gr/mpasket/961077…9:19 AM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Here’s how we stack up.
🎰 @paysbig pic.twitter.com/qZsMKR7GIt9:01 AM

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