The Bucks' other Australian, Thon Maker, only entered the game in the final minute and had a lay-up blocked and missed a three-point shot. Up 13 early in the second, the Celtics allowed the Bucks a 13-0 run for a tie - their only lull of the half - before responding with seven in a row for a 42-35 lead on a Brown basket with 6:39 on the clock. The Bucks were giddy to get Boston in the first round.
Tuesday marked the ninth straight game that Antetokounmpo has scored at least 20 points against the Celtics. Boston knocked down 53.3 percent from the field and drained 13 of their 31 three point attempts in the game. On Tuesday, a capacity crowd of 18,624 rose to salute Brown, whose 30 points led the way.
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier downplayed any bad blood with Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and suggested that referring to him as "Drew" during a news conference after Game 1 was simply an accident.
In his sophomore season as a Cardinal, he led the team in scoring with 17.1 points-per-game to go along with 5.6 rebounds and three assists.
But they're just as culpable as their teammates for Milwaukee's struggles. Morris also hit 1 of 2 from the line for the Celtics, and Antetokounmpo knocked down a pair for a 12-point gap.
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"Second game in a row I felt like we did a great job on Giannis", Stevens said.
"Try to back me down and post me all game, but once you're done wrestling with me, I'm getting the ball and flying right behind you". Khris Middleton (25 points) made shots, and Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 10 points before inexplicably disappearing from the rotation in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics bench came up big, outscoring their Milwaukee counterparts 41-25.
Antetokounmpo, to his credit accepts responsibility not only for his shortcomings so far, but also for setting the tone moving forward as the Bucks try to claw their way back into the series. Sooner or later, the Bucks are going to have to have someone else step up or this is going to be a short series. Yabusele, best known for his dabs after threes than his ability to consistently make them. But Rozier has made himself the x-factor, an essential offensive focal point, the shimmering shamrock and the luck of the Irish (/Celtics).
"We not taking anybody lightly", he said. In truth, Eric Bledsoe knows who Terry Rozier is.