It’s that time of the year again folks. Playoff time. For Milwaukee, we are still searching for our first playoff series victory since 2001. For Boston, they are looking to make an underdog run at a return appearance to Conference Finals. The road will be difficult as they will be without their bread and butter, Kyrie Irving. Since Irving left the team in March, they have been 9-7. If there was ever a scenario for Milwaukee to sneak into the second round it was this matchup.
Boston had yet another strong season this year taking second in the Atlantic. It was all set to be their year in the East until newly acquired forward Gordon Hayward busted
his shit night one. Honestly one of the nastier injuries I’ve watched live. They did bounce back without him posting strong numbers until losing Kyrie Irving for the season about a month ago. Now it’s up to rookie Jason Tatum, second year player Jaylen Brown and veteran Al Horford to lead this team. Tatum has had a great Freshman campaign postingfourteen points and five boards a night well playing over thirty minutes. Brown’s numbers almost mimicked Tatum’s as he had a much improved second season. Horford is now 31 and saw his numbers fall from past seasons. The Celtics found depth to be their best friend as they had eight different players average double figures.
We will see familiar face Greg Monroe who has been hot of late boasting 14/7/4 over the past five games. Along with Monroe, Terry Rozier has also come along as a strong bench threat. He doubled his per game averages and in March he put up 17 a night with five boards and four dimes. He has since cooled off but will be a key part if the Celtics want to make a run.
Season Statistics (via ESPN)
Per usual this season was a roller coaster for our Milwaukee Bucks. We graduated from the “Kidd Age” and have since moved on to better things. When Kidd left the organization, the team was 23-22 and had no identity and couldn’t figure out how to be the team they could be. Under Prunty the Bucks were 21-16 and were never even at full strength. Now with everyone returning, we’re going to see a totally different team. Depending how Prunty sets the rotation, there should always be two shooters on the floor which should help clear the lane for dribble drives.
Defensively the Bucks won’t need to worry about Kyrie but will need to keep an eye on Tatum and Horford who both shoot over 40% from three. It’s going to come down to Giannis, the NBA is a superstar’s league and we have a truly legit one in Antetokounmpo. Our bench will be the other factor.
We now have eight guards that have all proven helpful at some point this season. Our obvious hole is going to be the front court. Thon, Henson, Zeller and Jabari will have to show some nuts with the brutes they’ll have to matchup against.