The loss of two point guards and how the Bucks have played the Celtics thus far has created a ideal storm for Horford to shine.
The Celtics needed every one of his 24 points and 12 rebounds in the series opener, but over the course of the series his experience will loom larger. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and John Henson is grabbing six rebounds. They allowed just 100.4 points per game this season and 100.7 at home. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last nine road games.
Antetokounmpo has been the best player in the four-game season series between these sides by a long, long way.
BC-BKN-Bucks-Celtics, 1st Ld-Writethru, 828Celtics survive wild finish, hold off Bucks 113-107 in OTAP Photo MAMD121, MAMD113, MAMD122Eds: Celtics 113, Bucks 107, OT. Players like Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Greg Monroe and Terry Rozier all have filled the void for the team. The Boston Celtics are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free throw line.
As a player who won't back down from anyone, Morris will be a reason the Boston Celtics go deep in the playoffs.
The first game begins at noon from Boston on TNT.
Will update with trends once they're released. So if the Celtics can force him into the shots and situations in which he's not most efficient - or at least not abjectly terrifying - they should have a good chance at warding off an upset. Yes, the Bucks can clean up the 20 turnovers and certainly defend the three-ball better, but that's a game the Bucks should still win. Thus, the likes of Markelle Fultz, Bam Adebayo, OG Anunoby and Andrew Wiggins will not feature here, despite the fact that they perform irreplaceable roles for their teams. In 92 career playoff games, his numbers almost mirror his regular season numbers - 13.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 50.2 FG%.
Giannis will have help this year in the form of a new back court featuring a healthy Jabari Parker and newcomer Eric Bledsoe. But with a highly motivated James on board, the Cavs are sure to be a different team in the postseason, just as they were down the stretch of the season.