I looked it up and found that you had seen a shorter version of that gag. That’s why I mentioned it was the most complete version.

With regard to the Celtics, I was really worried about this match up, as Boston played very close games with Milwaukee all season long.

The Bucks don’t have their starting guard, Malcolm Brogdon who is one of only a handful of players in history to have a 50–40–90 season (50% FG, 40% 3P, 90% FT).

With the Celtics playing good defense against Giannis and not needing to double team him, the rest of the defense could stay on their men and contest three point shooters. The starters, Lopez, Bledsoe, and Brown combined to shoot 2 for 11 on three pointers, and 3 for 17 overall. Giannis only had 2 assists in this game, which is also an indication that something is going horrible wrong with their offense.

On the other end of the court, Boston shot 54% for the game and 41.9% on three pointers. Boston made 54.1% (13 of 24) mid-range jumpers, which is what modern defenses are trying to tempt offenses to shoot these inefficient shots.

For the season, only Horford shot above 50% on these shots, with Irving at 49.6%. Morris, Hayward and Baynes made these shots in the 40–44% range, Brown, Tatum, and Smart shot in the 36–38% range, and Rozier, Thies, and the rest o the team were under 30%.

I would say this was the perfect storm for Boston to beat the Bucks. What remains to be seen is if the Bucks will crack mentally after having such a great regular season. If they come back and win game 2, they will have to win a game in Boston or the Celtics will win in 6. Even if it goes to a Game 7, if the Celtics can defend Giannis, Kyrie is the best clutch offensive player at the end of games, so they could win a big game on the road.

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