Jayson Tatum suffered through his worst-ever playoff game in Game 3 in Milwaukee, while Giannis Antetokounmpo emphatically found his stride. That, despite all of that, the Celtics came within a whisker of forcing overtime will weigh on the Bucks’ minds ahead of Game 4 on Monday night (7:30pm Eastern; 12:30am UK).
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The manner in which the Celtics were defeated in Saturday afternoon’s Game 3 at Fiserv Forum was utterly heartbreaking. For most teams, to overcome what the Celtics overcame – namely a disastrous performance from superstar Jason Tatum (10 points, on 4-of-19 shooting) and a horrific third quarter in which a four-point halftime lead was flipped into a 13-point deficit – only to come up a fraction of a second short would be totally demoralizing, and might have a hangover effect in Game 4.
However, there is plenty of encouragement for the Celtics to take from that disappointing outing. After all, despite Tatum’s struggles and Marcus Smart’s equally brutal offensive showing (1-of-8 shooting) and an utterly dominant performance from Giannis, who terrorized Boston’s vaunted defense to the tune of 42 points and 8 assists (he also had 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals), the C’s never gave in. Behind spectacular fourth quarter performances from Jaylen Brown (15 points and three assists) and Al Horford )12 points, five rebounds and three assists), the Celtics not only erased that 13-point deficit, they actually briefly pulled ahead with under two minutes remaining, and twice looked primed to tie the game in the dying seconds.
First, with 4.6 seconds remaining and the Bucks leading 103-100, Marcus Smart was fouled on what appeared to be a 3-point attempt. However, the foul was ruled not in the act of shooting due a ‘rip through’ move on the attempt, and Smart was thus only awarded two free throws. After making the first, Smart very adeptly intentionally missed the second, and got his own rebound. After three attempts to tie the game from with about five feet of the basket – by Smart, Robert Williams and Horford – Horford actually put the ball through the net, but a fraction of a second too late.
Gutting as the shortfall will have been, head coach Ime Udoka will undoubtedly be stressing to his team that, on a night where so much went wrong, they were still right there at the end. From his perspective, optimism will be easy to find: Tatum will almost certainly not lay an egg in consecutive playoff games. Marcus Smart, though not a dominant offensive force, is likely to regain at least a modicum of efficiency. The defense, when locked in, still slowed Milwaukee’s non-Giannis attack – consequently, the Celtics looked the better of the teams for three of four quarters.
However, where some of the optimism wavers a bit is in the fact that Giannis’ performance, while spectacular, was hardly out of the realm of what we expect from the Greek Freak on a regular basis. Also, Jrue Holiday is unlikely to once again need 30 shots to score 25 points. And, for as well as he’s played at both ends of the floor in these playoffs, it’s probably not reasonable to count on 22 points and four made three pointers from Al Horford.
The formula here is fairly simple: for Celtics to win this series, they must not only maintain their physicality and defense intensity (probably a given, though only so useful against the version of Giannis we saw in Game 3) and must get star-level performances from their two stars – a taller order against Milwaukee’s stellar defense which now has an added depth in the backcourt with the return of George Hill.
If this all sounds like a lot of hedging without a definitive opinion, it’s with good reason. The oddsmakers (at the time of writing) have the Bucks favored by 1.5 points. Certainly, the Bucks will like their chances at home, on the back of a win, and with Giannis finding his stride. However, as we saw in Game 3, their margin for error is quite small.
Celtics predicted starting lineup: Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Robert Williams
Notable injuries: None
Bucks predicted starting lineup: Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Notable injuries: Khris Middleton (knee; out)
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Prediction: UNDER 211.5 combined points by the two team, with Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbing 15+ rebounds.
Whatever the result on Monday night in Game 4 (my lean is toward the Bucks, though without a ton of conviction), the contest is likely to play out as hard-fought defensive struggle.