The Bucks lost game four Monday night in a meeting they really could have used. Losing 116-108, the Bucks did a good job of getting Boston to turnover the ball. (Celts 11 vs Bucks 8) They also did a good job of getting to the free throw line. But at times the Bucks offense looked stagnant and filled with very few passes and set plays that were effective. The Bucks lacked rhythm. They did not have very many assists. (25 vs 18 for the Bucks).
The Celtics get paid too and Al Horford looked like a younger version of himself. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart looked pretty beat up at times. But Jason Tatum stepped it up for Boston and was almost able to match Giannis’s star.
The Bucks have to get better scoring from a third option. The “national narrative” has seemed to center on the Bucks not having Khris Middleton. However, in game one and game three the Bucks seemed fine to make due with a formidable punch of Giannis and Jrue Holiday. The Bucks, as a team, shot 41.5% from the field. If they lose this series it will simply be because they did not hit their shots.
At times the Bucks lead by as much as 11 points. But in the 4th quarter that seemed to slip away as Boston was able to score well in transition. The Bucks also looked their best when they were able to attack in transition and at times Giannis was able to get good looks at the hoop before the Boston defense was set.
To win game five the Bucks MUST pass the ball (beat Boston in assists) and hit threes.