Boston Celtics: 5 keys to series vs

The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves will decide the final playoff spot on Wednesday

Except for Horford, who entered the Sunday's game with 91 career playoff starts, Boston's other four starters (Tatum, Aron Baynes, Brown, Rozier) had combined to play only one playoff game between them. This team will be very strong at the defensive end.

The question of Antetokounmpo has puzzled the rest of the National Basketball Association as well.

This NBA season has been full of injuries across the league and the Boston Celtics are no exception. Horford is averaging 12.9 points per game this season and 13.8 points over the last 10 games. There's no doubt that he has the ability to take over any game he's playing in.

"That's not getting shot up", Middleton said. That game gives us the best sense of what the playoff series will hold, as it featured most of the players the two teams will have available. Tatum has, however, been the more efficient scorer of the two this season.

So, again, stopping Antetokounmpo isn't an overly complicated question.

Along with Al Horford, Marcus Morris is one of the few veterans on the team. Antetokoumpo is an incredibly unsafe player and is a tough player to defend against because of his versatility and skills. Instead, he wields his 7-foot-3 wingspan and improved strength to stride to the rim. Sound like anyone in particular? "The thumb felt well", Smart told reporters.

This Bucks team will feel like they've unfinished playoff business, as their last taste of post-season action came in a spirited, but heartbreaking defeat to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 last season. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 107 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 41.5 percent shooting.

But it won't all be on Horford. And if you're unfortunate enough to lose two stars, you still have that third player who you believe is capable of rising to the occasion and responding positively to the increased responsibility.

"We've been down a lot with injuries and we have always found a way". "It's four or five men on a string". Only Russell Westbrook and LeBron James had more fast-break points this season, but Antetokounmpo's 1.20 points per possession in transition was more efficient than both of them.

Since they had a timeout left, the Bucks were able to advance the ball beyond half court on the ensuing possession.

With the Bucks, the issues is that they're the opposite of the Celtics: they don't have team chemistry.



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