The last time the Boston Celtics played the Milwaukee Bucks, they allowed the Bucks to break a long losing streak on them. The Celtics will try to prevent that from happening today in the TD Garden when they play.
In the last game, the Bucks got out into transition and dominated the C’s. They had a monster 2nd quarter where they scored 28 points and only held the Celtics to 14. That quarter turned out to make a huge difference in the outcome of the game. The Celtics will have to remain consistent on the offensive end today if they want to win against one of the worst teams in the league.
The bench is going to have to produce against the Bucks if the Celtics want to stand a chance. Vitor Faverani only scored seven points and did nothing else. Gerald Wallace didn’t take a shot throughout the game. The bench is already short with Kelly Olynyk out with an injury. The team is going to need all the production they can get out of guys like Wallace, Faverani, Kris Humphries and Phil Pressey.
Stop Giannis Atetokounmpo
During the last game, Giannis was able to run lose among the Celtics in transition and became a solid, all-around threat. The Celtics are going to have to make sure that they keep a body on him tonight at all times. He was able to score 10 points on six shots, dish out four assists and grab seven rebounds. He played like a new-age Nicolas Batum and the Celtics can’t allow that to happen if they want to win.
They need to slow things down and let the defense settle so that they can contain his offense easily. When things aren’t simplified and the defense isn’t scrambled, he is going to have trouble reading things because he’s still a rookie. The C’s need to exploit that.
Stop the Ball
Brandon Knight nearly had a triple double in the last game that the Celtics played the Bucks in. They didn’t stop him in transition and they didn’t keep bodies on him from deep. They’re going to have to hedge on screens for Knight and keep him from getting easy looks from deep. They can’t allow him to rebound, either. If he catches a clean defensive rebound that will start the Bucks off in transition easily
They need to employ the same strategy on O.J Mayo as well. If they want to win, they need to keep this backcourt duo from shooting the ball.
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