Published: Wed, May 01, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Celtics keep Giannis in check in Game 1 win over Bucks

Celtics keep Giannis in check in Game 1 win over Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2019 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Boston Celtics announced he was cleared by the team's medical staff to return, but kept him on the bench down the stretch.

He was out there on the court in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal, wearing the same Celtics jersey as All-Star Kyrie Irving and dunking on Bucks MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 26 points and 11 assists, while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 19 points. The same goes for the way the Celtics shot from three-point range, where they went 13-31.

One play that stands out in particular is when Horford blocked Antetokounmpo on two consecutive layup attempts, an excellent summary of what when on Sunday afternoon.

Game 2 takes place in Milwaukee in the early hours of Wednesday morning (1am).

Khris Middleton had 16 for Milwaukee, which completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Monday and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. That clearly has to change if Milwaukee hopes to win the series. The Bucks seemed entirely unprepared for this game plan and they were thoroughly trounced by the Celtics, who had yet to see a game they dominated so clearly this post-season.

Expect a big-time bounce-back performance from Milwaukee in Game 2.

First blood: Celtics shock Bucks in Game 1, Baynes goes down: Kane Pitman over at The Pick and Roll touched on the Bucks looking ahead to Game 2 and the status of Celtics center Aron Baynes, who left the game midway through the first quarter. While he still got his fill of points, Milwaukee's superstar was only 7-for-21 from the floor.

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