5 Lessons from the Celtics’ Game 6 win over the Bucks

Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo battle it out for the sixth game.

Milwaukee – Five implications for the Boston Celtics of Game 7 in Boston on Sunday afternoon, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95, 3-3 in the Eastern Conference semi-final series in Game 6 at the Fiserv Forum on Friday (3:30 ET, ABC ). .

1. Tatum’s Superstar Birth Performance

Boston’s Jason Tatum already has a stellar résumé, from a three-time All-Star appearance and an All-NBA start to a contract paying more than $163 million this season through the 2025-26 season. However, his saving of at least 42 more hours of the Celtics season took his profile and reputation a few steps further.

The forward with a smooth, smooth shot played against Giannis Antetokounmpo the same as Giannis Antetokounmpo. To be honest, the deck seemed too high for Tatum and his team. Especially considering Boston’s collapse at the end of Game 5.

So, with all their bad memories, they were on the brink of being eliminated against the NBA’s defending champions and two-time MVP on Friday night. And when the Celtics needed it the most, Tatum said.

“Game 5 was on our minds,” Tatum said after scoring 46 points with nine rebounds and four assists. He took 32 shots and made 17 of them and hit as many 3-pointers as the entire Bucks team put together 7/15 from the arc (7 of 29). He played for almost 43 minutes and scored a plus-21.

Teammate Marcus Smart, who burned down on two critical plays in Game 5, claimed he didn’t sleep between the two games. The other Celtics pondered how they could give up Milwaukee and live with regret.

“That’s what we talked about,” Tatum said. “We felt they beat us on a winning play, a hustle play and a 50/50 ball. They were stronger than us in Game 5, the fourth quarter.

“Our season has begun.”

None of them did more than Tatum. Tatum turned the script upside down when Boston looked like they were on the verge of a rerun after seeing Boston take a big lead and then falter in the fourth.

Jayson Tatum scored 12 of his 46 runs in the fourth quarter, sending the series to Boston for Game 7.

The Celtics’ 18-point lead was reduced to 6 points when Tatum went into the serve with 9:37 minutes left. The Fiserv Forum crowd was tense and quiet for most of the middle second quarter. Antetokounmpo then took a 3-pointer from 28 feet to make it 85-81.

Tatum made a fadeaway shot. Then he pulled up for 3. Next, Smart’s pass resulted in a turnaround jumper, who later defeated Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton with another 3-pointer to win a few possessions.

The Celtics went on the offensive to get Tatum into an advantageous matchup. At the end of his 10-point run, they even used him as bait to set up a 3-point for his assistant Jaylen Brown. This brought the lead back to double digits at 98-87, with about five minutes left and the Bucks couldn’t get any closer.

Tatum added a bit of heat after Game 5 crashed, using a bit of Teflon in an attitude to preempt anyone who would like to see himself or other Boston players hang, kick a table or do other historic. The 24-year-old said that night, “I’m sure I can come up here and gasp and mourn and there will be great stories about how we lost and I don’t believe us.” . “Or maybe I’ll come in like you can’t change what happened.”

Instead of trying to frame the story in Game 6, Tatum wrote the whole story.

2. Giannis had to do everything and almost did.

His numbers in the series were already ridiculous, and he called in Game 6 when he became the third player in NBA playoff history to score over 40 pounds, hold 20 rebounds and pass for 5 or more assists. The other two: Shaquille O’Neill and Wilt Chamberlain.

However, Antetokounmpo seemed a little lonely and overworked in the sixth game. Playing in seven other rotations, Bucks scored 44 out of 51. He went 15 of 14 on the foul line, and they went 2/3. He was 2/3 on the 3-pointer, 5 of 26. And it went.

Boston was heavily attacked by the top three players, with Tatum, Smart (21) and Brown (22) scoring 89 points. The Bucks were the only Bucks to score 17 points in 17 at-bats, Pat Connaughton, 14, with Jrue Holiday and Antetokounmpo assisted.

Most obviously, All-Star winger Chris Middleton has been out with a left knee injury. Don’t be surprised if Middleton is back in the lineup because of Sunday’s elimination factor.

But, as Holiday saw, they didn’t beat Boston’s 3-pointer in this game. The Celtics released 43, made 17 and started 8 of 15. Bucks fired wrong all night. 2/7 in the first, 1/9 in the second, and 1/4 in the third.

So how do you fix the gap in Game 7? more jack up.

“We have to get up three more times,” Holiday said. “We have to find a way to get more threes and make more threes.”

3. This playoff requires more charging phones.

Of course we are sarcastic. Oh, there’s probably some old-fashioned coaches out there who watched a game like this and enjoyed seeing strong, big players fall back and over again to pick up aggressive fouls.

However, its recreational value is negligible and the threat of injury to such a talented obedient player is vigilant. No one wants defenders to be treated like bowling pins, but when they go to find charges, some of the game’s biggest stars like Antetokounmpo and Tatum are in crazy danger.

Add to that the coach’s tendency to use their own achievements in such plays, players fall to the floor and the game crashes, ending up trying to see if someone went to the statue in time to sabotage the highlight or poster play.

Here’s the kicker. Even a team trying to pick a foul can be messed up. After Antetokounmpo scored the 4th foul with nearly 20 minutes left in the game, the Celtics went on to try their 5th, and possibly 6th foul. A bit “heavy” coach Ime Udoka called it. And it messed up their play.

Grant Williams thought he got the Greek monster at 4:10:16, but he challenged the Bucks and won. Finally, Tatum was busy playing winning basketball and the referee cheats were put away. Hope it can stay there.

4. Grayson Allen is selected.

In the regular season and in the Milwaukee first-round series against Chicago, guard Grayson Allen was the helpful and annoying type of player. He started 61 games, made 40% of his three-pointers, annoyed opponents with his defense and reputation, and was gifted a two-year, $20 million contract extension before even playing for the Bucks.

But Allen was responsible for the Celtics. He’s shooting 36% of his 20 3-pointers, including 5, and Milwaukee scored 27 points in their first six games, but when Allen was on the court, that number was 43. Boston snipers look for him as a defender to use (at least until George Hill appears in the game).

“Addition-subtracting is a tough statistic,” said Bucks manager Mike Budenholzer. “But Grayson is doing his best.

“The start of the third quarter is remarkable. [as a struggle]. I’m sure Grayson could be better, but it’s up to all of us to do better in the third quarter.”

By the way, it seems fair to mention here that Budenholzer didn’t help his club with 3 minutes and 2 seconds remaining on the predictable and infamous UIOLI (use or lose) timeout. The team is only allowed two time-outs in the last three minutes, and Bucks’ coach is almost sarcastic about not being deprived.

This time Antetokounmpo was pushing the upcourt with a few teammates with the ball. Milwaukee’s best offense in the series switched. However, Budenholzer stopped the break and ended the time-out when his star scored a rare corner 3-pointer.

The group should be better.

5. Is ‘Game 7’ really two words, a word and a number, or what?

The “two best words in sports” cliché may be old-fashioned, but Game 7 itself is absolutely not. The NBA will have a pair of teams on Sunday, with the Celtics and Bucks determining the Miami Heat’s dance partners for the Eastern Finals before Phoenix and Dallas face the Golden State in the West.

After Game 6 at the end of the regular season, Milwaukee played a tight-knit match in Cleveland, while Boston beat Memphis to a sweeping win. This is how the two 51-31 teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Bucks played their preferred match in the first round against Chicago, while the Celtics had to face Brooklyn (a stronger foe at the time).

Their tie-breaker difference in the standings is why Boston has a home court advantage in this series, which now means Game 7 at TD Garden. There is only one problem with this. The road team has won 4 of their 6 matches so far.

Contestants’ speech and tone sounded as if they were delighted to see the Celtics clincher at home late on Friday night, while the more seasoned Bucks showed off a “bring it on” swagger. Do we expect anything else?

“It’s an old game 7,” said Antetokounmpo. “beautiful.”

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