Joining Antetokounmpo at the top is Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, and Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics, whose jersey sits right behind Antetokounmpo's at number five. There's no doubt that the shorthanded Celtics have been the better team in this series so far and it's hard to ignore the betting trends as the Celtics are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Terry Rozier, has been tremendous for the Celtics.
"She told me she'd rather me be here than back there", Smart said.
"People have been writing us off all year. So that's what we're gonna do", he said.
Antetokounmpo then drove for a 107-97 gap with 4:13 to play.
The Celtics win on Tuesday night gives them a 2-0 series lead.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. "If he don't know who I am, it's all good". As a team, the Celtics shot 53 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the three-point line and on the defensive end they were able to force 15 turnovers which led to 21 points.
Two missed Antokounmpo free throws and a Baynes blocked shot on Eric Bledsoe set the tone for Boston out of the break, as the energy in the arena hit fever pitch. That aside, IN doesn't have anyone with Antetokounmpo's versatility - there are only a handful of teams IN the league that do - which makes how they oftentimes look on offense all the more frustrating. "We started off poorly again".
"Every team is going to talk about spacing and for us, for sure".
"I got no bad blood with nobody", said Rozier. "How can I help my team get past the first round". "I'm gonna do what I can to protect the ball and get my guys open".
The sixth-seeded Pelicans won both road games in Portland and could wrap up the first-round series on their home court with games three and four in New Orleans.
With two days before the series resumes Friday night at the Bradley Center, the Bucks will have plenty of work to do but addressing their disturbing lack of urgency will be at the very top of Prunty's to-do list.