For the first time since the ‘02-‘03 and ‘03-‘04 seasons, the Bucks are in the playoffs in consecutive seasons. As negative as this season has been- a coaching change, frustrating ups and downs, inconsistencies, and yet more injuries- the arrow is still pointed up. They’re in the playoffs, have one of the league’s 10 best players, and a roster that has tangible talent.
And they actually have a chance to win this series. Boston struggles to score, lost their second best player in the first half of the first game, then lost their second best player a few weeks ago for the season. It’s tailor made for an upset, right?
But if you have watched this team this season, you know better. They somehow don’t show up for starts of halves, they are the worst rebounding team in the NBA (team all length???) and they still cannot defend the 3. Tatum will hurt them, but not alone. Horford seems to light this team up, but if he’s their top scorer they should lose. Marcus Smart and Jalen Brown could play for the Bucks as inconsistent as they are.
But the Celtics play defense- and if the Bucks start more heroball sh*t where Middleton and Bledsoe decide to take the first look they see 5 possessions in a row they’ll get run right out of the gym.
Flip a coin- everything points to an upset and the Bucks moving on to play the winner of the Philly/Miami series, but that all depends on which Bucks team shows up. The one who beat San Antonio twice, or the one that got beat by the Brooklyn Nets last week...