Giannis drops triple-double; Bucks take Game 1 in Boston.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists as the Bucks handily defeated the Celtics 101-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semis in Boston.

Coming into this series, both teams were known as great defensive teams and that lived up to the billing on Sunday afternoon, but the Bucks were a little bit better.

This was an off-shooting game for both teams, as the Bucks shot 41 percent for the game, and the Celtics shot a troubling 33 percent. The Bucks big three had a inefficient offensive game. Giannis shot 9-25 from the field, Jrue Holiday shot 8-20, and Bobby Portis shot 6-12. Despite the high point total for those three (Holiday, 25) (Giannis, 24) (Portis, 15) the offensive effeciency was not there for most of the game.

The Celtics meanwhile struggled mightily shooting the rock in this game. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to score 10-31 from the field as Tatum scored 21 points and Brown was held to 12 points for the game.

Point Guard Marcus Smart suffered multiple injury in Game 1. Smart left in second quarter with a “right shoulder stinger” and a “right quad contusion.” Smart eventually left the game with an injury to his leg area in the fourth quarter and updates will follow on the severity of the injury.

The bright spot for the Celtics was Power Forward Robert Williams III who despite only having six points had a profound impact defensivley as the entire Bucks team went scoreless when guarded by Williams III (0-11). Williams III recently came back from a torn meniscus in his left knee and is one of the reasons why the Celtics were a top 10 defense in the NBA this year.

In a game that was devoid of offense, it was refreshing to see Giannis pull this out.

Next Game:

Game 2: Tuesday May 3, 6:00 P.M. TNT


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