Boston, MA– Now that the second round of the 2019 NBA post-season is upon us, the Boston Celtics find themselves with the task of making it from the final eight teams in the league to the final four. To accomplish this, they have to go through the team that had the best record in the entire NBA this season, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Boston's game plan was clear going into the series. They wanted to shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo, the favorite for MVP this season, and force the Bucks to rely on their other All-Star, Khris Middleton, to lead them to victory. But obviously, the Bucks would be prepared for this and would unleash Giannis in an entirely new way, right? Well, that's not how it played out.
Instead, Al Horford played one of his best games as a Celtic and absolutely bodied Antetokounmpo, easily winning the matchup between the two players. The Bucks seemed entirely unprepared for this game plan and they were thoroughly trounced by the Celtics, who had yet to see a game they dominated so clearly this post-season.
Giannis still led the Bucks in scoring, but he only buried twenty-two points on just thirty-three percent shooting from the field. Some of these misses came courtesy of three monster blocks by Al Horford that sent Giannis to the floor, two of which came on the same play. Horford's three blocks were part of a monster effort that buoyed his double-double that came with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Doubly so, Kyrie Irving led Boston in scoring with 26 points and a double-double of his own with 11 assists. Overall, Boston's shooting percentage was almost 20 points greater than Milwaukee's and they won handily by a score of 112-90.
With a one game to zero lead and the sudden benefit of home court advantage, the Celtics have a surprising shot to put the Bucks in a big hole if they pull off a victory in game two. This second game is tomorrow night in Milwaukee at 8:00. Can the Celtics pull off another domineering win? Let's hope so!