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Brown's 30 puts Boston up 2-0

20 April 2018

Aron Baynes's Boston Celtics are just two wins away from eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks from the National Basketball Association playoffs after dominating game two of their first-round series.

Celtics guard Terry Rozier has been the breakout performer in Boston's first-round series against the Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. An 11-point, first-quarter lead swelled to 20 in the third quarter, with Boston outworking, outsmarting and out-executing a Bucks team that for 43 minutes had the best player on the floor.

At the post-media presscon, the “Greek Freak” was asked if his team has to play with more effort – an observation also seconded by his Bucks coach earlier.

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Boston had just three turnovers through three quarters and only seven on the night.

In the first two games, the Celtics have done a good job letting the supporting cast of the Bucks beat them rather than their stars.

While he had 30 points, it was an interesting approach the Celtics took toward guarding him. After two games, the former United Kingdom guard has a situation building with former Louisville Cardinal Terry Rozier. Yabusele, best known for his dabs after threes than his ability to consistently make them. Middleton has averaged 28.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 64.7 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from three. Nothing worked, as Milwaukee continued to let Boston get whatever shot they wanted while struggling to space the floor on the offensive end. If not, they could be in some trouble keeping the Bucks at bay.

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Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night in Milwaukee. The Bucks simply need other role players to step up and I'm looking at Tony Snell who finished with just two points in 22 minutes of action in the starting lineup, Jabari Parker who finished scoreless and Malcolm Brogdon who scored 10 points despite being restricted to just 19 minutes.

Toronto, which made a team playoff record 16 3-pointers Saturday, connected on 12 of 32 from long range in Game 2, making only one in the second half.

"Who.I don't even know who the [expletive] that is", said Bledsoe responding to a question about Rozier. "Just play harder and do whatever it takes to help this team be successful".

In his first playoff series against the Bulls, Jaylen Brown scored a total of 13 points in 29 minutes over six games.

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Brown's 30 puts Boston up 2-0