The Milwaukee Bucks point guard, who tweeted his way out of the desert all the way back in November, looked frequently disconnected and at times even baffled during his team's Sunday loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series. Boston point guard Terry Rozier, meanwhile, has put up 23 points and eight assists per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and drilling a game-winner in Game 1.
Much basketball experts had written the Celtics off, saying that they were too young, nor did they have enough star power on their roster to overtake a Bucks squad led by the "Greek Freak" himself Giannis Antetokounmpo who finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Celtics do not have many ball handlers, and they are going to have to lean on Rozier no matter how he is playing.
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Alonso held off strong competition from left-backs such as Liverpool's Andy Robertson and Tottenham's Ben Davies. Salah has been in an impressive form since returning to the Premier League last summer.
"I don't pay attention to that - ultimately we just want to win games", Brown said.
The Celtics bench came up big, outscoring their Milwaukee counterparts 41-25. He's the guy who has outplayed you in the first two games of the series. Dellavedova played out the half, contributing an assist on a Khris Middleton triple, but the Bucks fell behind further to go into the half down 51-60. Milwaukee opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run to erase an 11 point deficit and tied the game at 35. "We will regroup and head back home for Game 3". Nothing worked, as Milwaukee continued to let Boston get whatever shot they wanted while struggling to space the floor on the offensive end. "And we're hopeful he can play", Stevens joked before the game. The second-year guard scored 30 in 33 minutes, including 5 of 12 from deep and added five rebounds to his stat line that boasted a sparkling plus-17. Horford has shown a great ability to facilitate, but they still need their back court to help generate the movement.
With two days before the series resumes Friday night at the Bradley Center, the Bucks will have plenty of work to do but addressing their disturbing lack of urgency will be at the very top of Prunty's to-do list.
"I don't even know who the [expletive] that is", Bledsoe said. Shane Larkin chipped in 11 points, scoring in double-digits for the first time in a playoff game.