"He's really the heartbeat of that team and I think slowing him down in Game 2 will be a key for us". The score at the end of regulation would have edged the total the way it is now set by half a point, not to mention the overtime scoring.
Grab the money, and take Milwaukee at +155. We'll see what [the doctor] says. If she clears us to be able to start a little bit earlier, then we might.
Milwaukee was held to just two field goals over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics built an 86-76 advantage. This should be a tough and hard-fought series for both teams and should be full of excitement.
"It's forcing our group to grow up quicker than maybe some of our guys were supposed to", forward Al Horford said. It's paying attention to details and taking care of business.
Both point guards are two-way players who will cause issues for each other at both ends. And while they are without Kyrie Irving for the rest of the postseason, they have more than enough to get into the second round.
"Well, it should always be about that for every team", he said.
"It's going well. I'm trying to stay in shape. We just have to do what we do well". His coaching has allowed the Celtics to stay competitive, which allowed them to finish with the league's top defensive team.
But, in truth, these Celts are under the gun.
Other Starters Need To Step Up- While a lot of pressure will be put on Brown and Tatum to perform throughout Boston's run, the team's other starters, especially Al Horford and Terry Rozier, will need to put together strong performances to extend the C's playoff journey.
The Celtics are not Loyola of Chicago. In addition, Jaylen Brown has been dominant this season and will be an important piece for the Celtics in the postseason. "So we're on the right path". Normally, this is a great way to create open threes, but Milwaukee is not a good three-point shooting team. "That's why it was disappointing (Tuesday) night". But the last thing we want to do is get out there and rush anything and we're back to square one.
They have to grow, and fast.
"We're not anxious about that", Al Horford said.
My prediction: The Greek Freak is going to be too much to handle for a team who will be attempting to get a feel for its best lineup defensively.
It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been flawless starting the postseason. But we'll be fine, man. It took about a week to flawless as he struck poses in front of the mirror.
Stevens has watched the two players, drafted No. 3 in back-to-back years, develop since October and is confident they can make an impact in the playoffs. "It's going to be a great test".
"I got to control the game, basically just filling what a point guard is supposed to do - filling Kyrie's shoes as much as I can", he said. Against the Celtics, he shot just 6 for 28 from 10 feet or more from the basket.