After a Game 1 loss at home, the Bucks were desperate to put in a quality performance in Game 2. Milwaukee did just that on Tuesday, blowing out the Celtics 123-102, tying the series at 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Bucks looked like a completely different team than the squad that lost in Game 1. Tuesday’s performance was much more calculated, as the Bucks got the ball into the hands of their MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo as much as possible. Antetokounmpo led all scores on the night, dropping 29 in the victory.
Two other Bucks starters were able to eclipse the 20+ point mark. Khris Middleton had his biggest playoff game to date. The forward was lights-out from downtown, hitting seven of his 10 three-pointers. Eric Bledsoe picked up his scoring production as well, putting up 21 points from the point guard position. Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic made his first postseason start. Mirotic went on to have a very Draymond Green-like performance, putting up nine points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Boston returns home
It’s not all bad for the Celtics, who will like the position they are in. Boston was able to notch a road win, taking home court advantage in the series. Kyrie Irving will be excited to play on his home floor, especially after the abysmal display he put on in Game 2. After dominating in the first game of the series, Kyrie was held to nine points on 4-18 shooting on Tuesday. Kyrie’s performance represented his lowest point total of the postseason so far. Expect a motivated performance from the superstar guard on Friday, as Game 3 poses a huge opportunity for himself and his Celtics.