You have to give a lot of credit to Milwaukee Bucks big man Brook Lopez for his effort on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics. It was easily the 35-year-old’s best performance of the season as he finished with a game-high 28 points on a highly efficient 12-of-18 shooting clip.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, Lopez’s huge game was put to waste as the Celtics secured a huge home win, 119-116.
Brook Lopez Rues Milwaukee Bucks’ Defensive Effort Vs. Celtics
Lopez is one of the most important players on the squad, particularly on the defensive end. However, even the veteran himself knows that the team put in a lackluster effort against a Celtics side that simply does not take any prisoners:
“They make it difficult on teams,” Lopez said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “They move the ball well, they trust one another. It’s tough when you end up behind the ball and it’s flying around, so we just got to do a better job of trusting our team defense. I think a lot of that is just knowing situations, reading what we need to be doing, maybe a little less help sometimes in certain situations. I know I helped from the corner one time when I shouldn’t have, like that’s obviously a no-no.”
The Celtics poured it on against the Bucks on Wednesday, mounting a lead as big as 21 points in the first half. To be fair, the Bucks were able to crawl their way back towards the end, but their comeback attempt ultimately fell short.
Brook Lopez Looking Forward to Some Revenge
Lopez knows that this was a good test for the Bucks early in the season. While there’s no denying that they failed, the former All-Star center still sees the silver lining in the defeat. This includes the opportunity to exact some revenge on Boston when they meet up again later in the season:
“It was good for us to see,” Lopez said. “Obviously, they started off super hot. Us, not. But again, there was lots of good stuff to take away from it. We will be a different team at the end of the season in April. They will as well, I’m sure.
“And if we’re going to complete our goal of winning a championship, we’re obviously going to have to meet up with them at some point. They’re a very talented team, they have the same aspirations. So, you know, as long as we take care of business, keep improving game in, game out, I’m sure we’ll run into them and we’ll see what it’s like then.”
The Celtics may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.
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