After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in their first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics will head back home for Game 5 with things all knotted up at 2-2 following a heartbreaking 104-102 loss in Game 4.
And Boston did that to a certain extent.
When they defend the way they did on Friday night against the Boston Celtics, they're almost unstoppable.
The Greek Freak blew past Horford with a quick first step, then he went around and over him en route to the vicious one-handed dunk. He said he gave the players the option to shoot, but ultimately sent them on their way with a message.More news: Brandon Belt breaks Major League Baseball record for longest at-bat, goes 21 pitches
San Antonio opened with the same energy it had to start Game 3, but its shots fell this time. Game 4 matchup in Milwaukee.
As they failed to create distance on Milwaukee, the Bucks began to settle into the same type of rhythm they had in Game 3 and locked down defensively. Injuries have robbed them of depth that any player coach Brad Stevens throws on the court has been scouted to the nth degree by the Bucks. "They had it going. and we really didn't have an answer for them tonight". "They punched us in the mouth early".
The Celtics were abysmal over the first two quarters while afflicted with a familiar malady - the inability to make a shot.
The Celtics have had their offensive struggles in the series, shooting 45.1 percent from the floor as a team, despite hitting a good 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. "It's more a matter that the Bucks outplayed us". Until Boston shows they can slow Milwaukee's offense, you have to ride with the hosts here. They were aggressive and set the tone with the way they wanted to play.More news: Penguins eliminate Flyers in Game 6 behind four goals from Guentzel
Maker, the 21-year-old big man, had eight points and five blocks in Sunday's win, proving to be a game-changer on both ends with his length and spacing ability. "You can go all the way back through the history of the National Basketball Association, they may not be the best player on the floor in the series, but they come in and somehow have a major impact on it". He added that some small tweaks to rotations, and which plays are run with which personnel on the floor, are possible, but that he did not anticipate any lineup changes.
The triumph pulled the Bucks level with the Celtics at 2-2 in their best-of-seven first round series, which continues Tuesday in Boston.
According to Grande, Smart is eyeing a return to the lineup on Thursday night in Game 6.
"Playing on the road, being able to stay poised during certain situations, executing", those are the lessons Horford said this game will teach his young teammates.More news: India decides to give death penalty to child rapists
"The shooting I've been doing, the tape, the splint's under there", he said.