The Milwaukee Bucks got their Eastern Conference semi-final series against the Celtics off on the wrong foot. After losing 112-90 at home, fans and pundits wondered if the Bucks were for real.
After breezing through four consecutive games to win the series in 5 games, the Bucks have put those doubts to rest.
Milwaukee blew out Boston at home by a 116-91 final to win Game 5 and move on to the conference finals. Waiting for them there will be either the Toronto Raptors or the Philadelphia 76ers.
Try as they might have, Boston had no answer for Milwaukee’s strong team effort on Wednesday night. They suffocated Boston’s offense and offered a balanced scoring attack. On a team that’s often described as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s, Milwaukee proved that they have a deep team will plenty of talent outside of their superstar.
Giannis led Milwaukee in scoring with only 20 points on Wednesday. Fortunately for the Bucks, he had plenty of help.
Guards George Hill, Khris Middleton, and Eric Bledsoe all chipped in 15+ points. Nikola Mirotic also added a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double while playing strong defense inside.
The Celtics just couldn’t do much, with Kyrie Irving leading the team with only 15 points.
The Bucks will now rest up before the Eastern Conference Finals. They’ll have to wait to see whether they’ll face the Raptors or the Sixers there. Toronto currently holds a 3-2 series lead.