After a disappointing 1 game, and despite Marcus Smart’s absence from the second round, the Celtics started very strong and delivered a near perfect first half. With a first quarter on 32 points, including 17 for Jaylen Brown alone, and then a second quarter on 33 points, the Celtics simply hit the idle Bucks just as well, as their leader Giannis Antetokounmpo (5 points on 2/12), who is unrecognizable after the first Great match.
It’s 25 points led by Jaylen Brown, well supported by Jayson Tatum (10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists) and Grant Williams off the bench (11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists), and thanks to a team game that licks (17 assists). ), 23 baskets), Boston flies away and indicates +25 at break (65-40)! The Bucks are not necessarily clumsy (15/35), but they simply lack inspiration in attack and willpower in defense.
The second half is best described from an attacking point of view for Milwaukee, like this interesting third quarter, where the “Greek Freak” increases in energy and yields 16 points. The Bucks are back fifteen points, but it’s not enough to worry the Celtics, who without much difficulty bury their hopes quickly and definitively in the final chapter.
The gap explodes again, and Boston is headed for a reliable victory, obtained in the first minutes of this game 2 (109-86). The Celtics climbed onto the throttle from the middle, and the pax did not fold. “The ball is everywhere, the ball is in the middle,” after those first two rounds in Massachusetts.
What to remember
– The external title wins the playoffs. In the steam propeller mode during this game 2, the Celtics built their success on a sharp attack. Reason: an outsider title that is close to rude, with a nice 20/43 behind the bow. That’s 60 points, or roughly 55% of the Celtics’ score in this game, compared to just 24 points scored inside the key. Conversely, the Bucks, terribly clumsy behind the 3-point line (3/18), fell to baskets near the circle (54 points on the racket).
– Marcus Smart is absent. A few hours before the meeting, we learned that the Celtics goalkeeper had not been recovered from a large crutch received in the first game. Aimee Odoka warned that the best defender in the NBA will be present for the third inning, which will take place in three days.
✅ Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum. The former scored 17 points out of 30 in the first half, when the latter scored 19 out of 29 points after the break. Each in turn, the two Celtics stars boosted their team’s “scoring”, and finally signed a game with a total of 59 points, almost the same as the Big Five Bucks (66 points). This 2 match would have them have a world of good in terms of confidence, after a painful and stinging first game (12 points at 4/13 for Jaylene Brown, 21 points at 6/18 for Jason Tatum).
✅ Grant Williams. The former muscle ball from the University of Tennessee is a must, with more and more regularity, like the X-factor on the Celtics. Very valuable for his outside title (6/9 behind the arc), and perfect in bat defense against Giannis Antetokounmue, the powerful winger signs a perfect match off the bench in this game 2 (21 points at 14/7, 5 rebounds and 2 assists).
✅⛔️ Giannis Antikonmo. It is a mixed sentiment that emerges when analyzing the performance of the Greek. Ghostly in the first half, he unsurprisingly gained momentum after returning from the locker room. Only, his team was behind by more than 20 points at that time, and thus the feeling prevails that he fought and woke up too late, for nothing. Nothing is generally alarming, because his vigilance, in absolute terms, is a sign of a desire to catch up. He still finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
The third game: In Milwaukee, Saturday 7 May 9:30 p.m. in France