- Hats off to the Boston Celtics and Head Coach Brad Stevens, who did a phenomenal job of slowing down the "Greek Freak." Boston was prepared and had a fantastic strategy to slow down Giannis.
- Celtics Al Horford drew the early assignment of defending Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he was brilliant. Horford finished this game with 20 points (8/16 FG), 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. He forced Giannis to go 7/21 from the field in this one.
- Boston controlled this one throughout the game, including pushing the lead to 20 in the 2nd half, but Milwaukee fought back in the 2nd quarter to make it a 2 point game heading into the half.
- The Bucks simply couldn't get their shots to fall tonight as they finished the game 31-89 (34%) from the field, including 13-39 (33%) from deep. If Milwaukee wants to win this series, they will need to be more effective from deep.
- Boston did a great job of not allowing Giannis to get in a groove, repeatedly forcing him to make his living from the Free Throw line.
- The Celtics ball movement was beautiful in this one, as they looked dialed in on both sides of the ball. Jaylen Brown was especially big for Boston off of the bench and left us with this highlight.
- Kyrie Irving was spectacular in this one, especially when it came to putting his teammates in position to succeed. While fans love to see Kyrie explode in the scoring department in the 30-40 point range, I truly believe that the Celtics are at their best when Kyrie has his assist numbers racking up. Kyrie finished this one with 26 points (12/21 FG), 7 rebounds and 11 assists.
- Gordon Hayward was great for Boston off of the bench again, finishing with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
- A quiet game from a number of key Bucks contributors, they will need more offensive output from players such as Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe, and Sterling Brown.
- Expect for a full forced response game by the Bucks in Game 2.
What Did We Learn
Boston is starting to look like the team we thought they would be all year. Milwaukee is going to need to be ready for a war.