The Celtics ruminated at the end of Game 5 missed for two days before having a chance to get their revenge on the Bucks floor. In response to the troops of d’Ime Udoka, he died in game 6 on hostile ground tonight, was up to their frustration, after which Boston drew the perfect match to ensure victory and the opportunity to play a game. 7 at home!
In a great evening atmosphere, Boston quickly took the lead, ported by the outdoor address of a tandem Smart-Tatum on a mission (6-15). Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to score 17 points in the first act. But despite a 16-2 run by the locals, the Celtics still had their hands on after 12 minutes of play following a 3-point lead from Jayson Tatum (26-28). Better yet, the Celtics blamed their distance with a 10-2 draw with a new 3-point shooting date signed by Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown (30-40).
The Bucks once again relied on Jrue Holiday and a Giannis Antetokounmpo in all the right shots, especially a big left-handed dunk, to make the Fiserv Forum roar (39-42). Insufficient, however, to reverse the trend, then Derrick White and Marcus Smart were assured before repoing them to give dix longueurs d’avance aux Celtics at the break (43-53)!
The beginning of the third quarter confirmed the trend, Boston being more regular face à des Bucks explosifs, but only through sequences. Jayson Tatum rose to the level of the skull, lined up a new 3-point and a lay-up in traffic before moving on with Jaylen Brown, who chained three paniers de suite for porter la marque à 50-68 and challenges. by the way Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 4th personal foul!
The beginning of the revolt initiated by the “Greek Freak” did not give much, the fault to an unplayable Jayson Tatum who preserved 13 points ahead of his own at the start of the last act after a final missile at 3 -points on the head of Bobby Portis (70-83). But it took more to discourage Giannis Antetokounmpo who bounced back with a huge dunk and then lined up two throws and a 3-point lead to bring his men back to -4 (81-85).
Returning to the field, Jayson Tatum then regained control of operations by signing two 3-point baskets, and two more baskets, one at the end of possession (87-95).
Jalyen Brown and Marcus Smart removed the nail in the coffin, until the last 2 + 1 of Jayson Tatum did not especially the last local hopes (89-103). Winners 108-95, the Celtics offered themselves the right to play a Game 7 at home this Sunday!
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The reaction of the Celtics in the last act. Scenario almost repeated itself when, leading by 13 points 12 minutes from time, Milwaukee struggled to return, led by an untenable Giannis Antetokounmpo, an opportunistic Pat Connaughton, and the support of a growing Fiserv Forum. noisy when the Bucks returned to -4. As if nothing had happened, Jayson Tatum then relaunched the car with a series of baskets in “big balls” mode before receiving the support of the Smart-Brown pair at the end to keep his head to the end.
– Opposition to style. The meeting was the subject of a clash of the Titans between Jayson Tatum on the one hand and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the other. Each in their own style, the two gratified their meeting with coups, especially a 7/15 3-point on the Celtic side, and a large presence near the circle on both sides of the floor for the “Greek Freak” , in the style of “bulldozer”. Unfortunately for him, his worries about naked foul didn’t help him break free at the end, while on the other hand, JT splashed the money-time of his entire class.
– Delayed ignition. The meeting was delayed due to scheduling issues. One was corrected, not the other, forcing officers to place the clock at the corners of the field. The pre-match was also disrupted by referee Scott Foster’s package, he was affected by a disease that was not caused by Covid.
TOPS / FLOPS
⁇ Jayson Tatum. The Celtics leader missed celebrations as he piled on the “clutch” baskets to pull his business team. He finished the game as he started, boiling hot, and looked invincible by sequence. It took at least that to force a Game 7!
⁇ Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s hard to blame the Greek Freak for this game as in addition to pounding the racket, he scored two of his three attempts behind the bow. Only his concern for fault may have slowed him down a bit in the end. For the rest, he sent very heavy: 44 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists.
⁇ Marcus Smart. A first quarter of 4/5 at 3-points to put his team on the right track, and constant activity until the end to ensure victory. Cherry on the cake: zero lost ball.
⁇ The lieutenants of the Greek Freak. In the current state of affairs, without knowing Khris Middleton, Milwaukee is resting mainly on Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis to diversify his attack behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. While Jrue Holiday made a good start to the game, he now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle. To make matters worse, Grayson Allen is also sidelined as a sniper. Even though Pat Connaughton played his part, he did a lot for the Bucks.
Game 7 this Sunday at TD Garden at 9.30pm French time!