On the heels of a superstar duel for the ages, the defending champion Bucks and the Celtics close out their wild, back-and-forth series Sunday afternoon (3:30pm Eastern; 8:30pm UK) in Boston, with a decisive Game 7 that promises to be another instant classic.
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To declare that any attempt at analysis of this series is futile would be a bit much. At the same time, it’s tough to recall many series from recent NBA history in which every game felt like a definitive statement, only the apparent momentum was simply never sustained.
After the Bucks won Game 1 on the road by double figures despite a terribly inefficient offensive game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, It seemed entirely reasonable to assume that the Celtics would struggle to take more one, maybe two games. However, in Game 2, some red hot shooting from the outside (20-of-43 on 3-pointers), plus continued frustration of Giannis (relatively speaking) swung the pendulum the other way, and suggested that Milwaukee could be in serious trouble against the deeper and offensively diverse Celtics. Alas…
No sooner had we started down that road than the series shifted back to Milwaukee, where, for three and a half quarters, the Bucks once again looked the more experienced and clearly superior team. However, thanks to some offensive scuffles of their own and some fourth quarter heroics from Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, they won the game by just two points. Sure, this of year ‘any win is a great win’, but that effort turning into a nail-biter will have been maddening. Those concerns carried over into Game 4 – or ‘the Al Horford game’ as it will likely be remembered – where the Celtics, behind 30 apiece from the veteran big man and Jaylen Brown, plus an efficient 18 apiece from Tatum and Marcus Smart, won fairly comfortably (despite 34 and 18 rebounds from Giannis) , and once again looked the more dangerous side.
That momentum held for most of Game 5, which Celtics led by 14 with under 10 minutes to play, and by six with a 1:40 remaining, before ultimately being undone by some fantastic hustle by the Bucks, which culminated in Bobby Portis huge offensive rebound and go-ahead layup in the final seconds, which Jrue Holiday capped off with a pair of virtuosic defensive plays.
Having stolen a second game on the road in such exhilarating fashion (conversely, for the Celtic, having lost in such a demoralizing way), it felt as though Game 6 at home would be Milwaukee’s for the taking – a perfect opportunity to finally ride some momentum. About that…
As they’ve shown us for going on for months now, these Celtics simply do not know when they’re beaten. Despite a Herculean 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists from Giannis, his counterpart, Tatum, turned in one of the great performances in recent playoff history, with 46 points (on 32 shots, including seven made 3’s), nine rebounds and four assists, while Brown and Smart combined for 43 points on 32 shots of their own (including nine made 3-pointers on 16 attempts) and 11 assists, with just two turnovers.
Based on all of this, one would have to be rather brave to declare with great conviction what to expect next.
Let’s go with what we do know: the two headline superstars, Giannis and Tatum, will be front and center on Sunday afternoon. Barring something unexpected, we can probably pencil Giannis in for another 40-15 game, and Tatum is probably good for at least 30, probably 35 points. Provided one of these two doesn’t outperform the other by a massive margin, the matchup then comes down to the secondary stars and role players.
Sadly for the Bucks, second-leading scorer and valuable perimeter defender Khris Middleton, who was thought to be nearing a return, remain sidelined with a sprained MCL in his knee. As a result, the Bucks’ top perimeter defender, Holiday, will once again also have to shoulder an outsized offensive workload. In addition to being an elite defender, Holiday is a reliable offensive talent and a fantastic clutch performer. What he is not, however, is the type of volume scorer that he’s been asked to be in this series.
He and Giannis are going to need more help from the Bucks’ supporting cast – namely Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, Wesley Matthews and Brook Lopez. Given the attention that Giannis and Holiday will draw, there will be open shots for this group. The difference in the game will ultimately come down to whether or not they can make them at a rate that offsets the impacts of Brown, Smart, Horford, Grant Williams and Derrick White.
Celtics predicted starting lineup: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, Al Horford
Notable injuries: Robert Williams (knee; questionable)
Bucks predicted starting lineup: Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Notable injuries: Khris Middleton (knee; out)
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I’m not one to blindly lean on cliches and platitudes. As valuable as the ‘heart of a champion’ is, there is, of course, still the matter of actually executing and getting the job done. In this series, the defending champs have run headlong into a hungry, energetic, versatile and talented team that’s neither intimidated nor overawed by the moment, and has push them to this monumental, decisive moment.
What I will say, though, is that last spring these Bucks showed us just how far the astounding greatness of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the defensive greatness of Jrue Holiday can go, and the obstacles they can overcome. That not to say that the Bucks certainly will take Game 7 – the Celtics are an outstanding team that’s exhibiting a lot of those same qualities, only without the championship triumph on their CVs – but, given their talent, toughness and experience, if they do fall, expect it to be by fewer than six points.
And, however things ultimately shake out, don’t expect Giannis or Jayson Tatum to hold anything back.