Protest: Celtics 102 – Bucks 86
The last five rows of the section next to the media section I sit in every game were empty for the entirety of this game. The city of Milwaukee cared even less about this game than the Milwaukee Bucks did. This game was not fun for Bucks fans.
So let’s just focus on the Boston Celtics.
|Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +3
All 12 of his points came in the first quarter. He was physical and imposing from the opening tip and Larry Drew specifically pointed out his early energy as having set the tone for the Celtics, who would keep their energy level up all game long.
|Gerald Wallace, SF 28 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3
When Boston came to Milwaukee in late November, he looked as if he couldn’t have cared any less about that game or the Celtics season in general. Against the Bucks here in February, there seemed to be a renewed vigor to his game. Kudos to him for sticking with the season and competing. He is clearly not on the Milwaukee Bucks.
|Jeff Green, SF 44 MIN | 11-22 FG | 6-7 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 29 PTS | +10
He operated as Boston’s focal point on offense throughout the night and made jumpers over the out-stretched arms of Giannis Antetokounmpo and slashed through various Bucks defenders en route to a few layups.
|Jared Sullinger, C 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +5
His mean physical streak was too much for the Bucks to handle, especially whenever Zaza Pachulia was out of the game. John Henson lacks the necessary spirit and physical make up to battle with a bruiser like Sullinger.
|Phil Pressey, PG 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +2
His dad used to play for the Bucks. Quite well, actually. He isn’t as good, but he did make a number of threes when Milwaukee opted to play zone, which is surprising, because he isn’t a very good 3-point shooter (31% heading into play).
|Chris Johnson, SF 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +25
He spells his first name Christapher and was able to be productive against Milwaukee.
|Kelly Olynyk, C 21 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +13
He carved up the Bucks for 10 fourth quarter points and five fourth quarter rebounds. Multiple times he caught the ball at the elbow and galloped through Milwaukee’s defense and got to the rim. He doesn’t knife or slice through players, he gallops. He’s heavy footed and purposeful in his movements. Yet still, the Bucks defense had no answer for him late. This was his first career double-double. It was bad.
Good enough. His team competed all game and didn’t have the fourth quarter letdown Milwaukee did.
Four Things We Saw
- John Henson sprained his right ankle with about five minutes to play. He did not return. His status going forward is uncertain. He’s on the Bucks and in Milwaukee, so he’ll probably slip and fall walking to his car, because the ground is more ice than ground at this point. When does this month end? WHEN WILL IT BE A REASONABLE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE!?
- Gary Neal looked moderately relevant. He shot a bunch of jump shots, because that’s what he does, but he made more of them than usual. Nights in which he’s one of Milwaukee’s best players haven’t been the best of nights this season. This is no exception.
- Brandon Knight led Milwaukee’s parade of turnovers with five. The Bucks couldn’t have given the ball away with any more speed or frequency in the first half, as they had 12 turnovers that led to 19 points. Many of the turnovers were passes intercepted near the top of the key that led to easy opportunities the other way.
- Giannis once fouled Jeff Green on one of the aforementioned breakaways off a turnover. It was an iffy call, but probably the right one. The more interesting part of the play came before the foul, when Green hesitated and looked back either to see if Giannis was coming or because he felt Giannis coming. That’s the sort of chase down reputation Giannis appears to be developing already. Fun.