Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn break down the last game of the regular season.
MILWAUKEE – It doesn’t make sense.
For multiple stretches, the Celtics would swing the ball, get great looks at the basket and basically do the things they practice all the time.
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And then...it stops.
Credit the Bucks stepping their game up defensively. Blame Boston for having too many stretches where they lacked focus.
At this point, it doesn’t matter.
Boston returns home for a Game 7, winner-take-all battle on Saturday night after dropping a 97-86 Game 6 loss in Milwaukee on Saturday night.
And while the factors contributing to the loss are many, none looms larger than the struggles the Celtics seemed to have moving the ball consistently.
“I thought anytime we got stagnant, we weren’t very good,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “Whenever one person had the ball for more than a second or two, it was bad news for us.”
And the inconsistent ball movement led to another poor shooting performance for the Celtics.
The Celtics certainly have been its worst enemy when it comes to its shooting struggles.
Still, Al Horford credits much of the Celtics’ offensive struggles to the Bucks’ defense.
“They’ve definitely had a lot to do with the shooting that we’ve had,” Horford said. “They’ve been playing really good defense. Their length and just how they play has really given us problems. Credit to them. They play really well at home. They defended home court like they were supposed to.”
And the Celtics will get one more crack at doing the same in Game 7 on Saturday night.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the loss.
The Celtics were no match for Antetokounmpo when it mattered most. He scoring 12 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter. He also had a game-high 14 rebounds.
On a night when the Celtics struggled to knock down shots, Tatum’s play was one of the few bright spots. He led Boston with 22 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
No player in this series has been as consistent scoring the ball as Middleton who had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
He missed a bunch of shots he normally makes, but still finished with 18 points on 5-for-17 shooting. He also had seven rebounds and five assists with just one turnover.
Big shots were once again part of Brogdon’s contributions in Game 6. The reigning rookie of the year had 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
Give the Bucks credit for not allowing Horford too many good looks offensively. That said, he still managed a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds with four assists and two blocked shots.
Outside of Games 1 and 2 when he hardly played, Parker has been exactly what the Bucks needed coming off the bench. He had 11 points and nine rebounds off Milwaukee’s bench in Game 6.
Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier were both struggling for Boston, as the Celtics backcourt combined for 32 points but did so on 11-for-33 (33 percent) shooting.
At no point did Smart deliver anything remotely close impact-wise to what we saw in Game 5 in Boston. He not only struggled with his shot with misses in seven of his nine shot attempts, but he also had a team-worst plus/minus of -14.
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The New England Patriots have selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with their second pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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From Phil A Perry's Prototypical Patriots series...
SONY MICHEL, RB, GEORGIA, 5-11, 214
Another potentially-versatile option, Michel isn't the water-bug type. He hits holes hard and tries to outrun anyone unlucky enough to be chasing him. Like Jones, he has solid hands and can be relied upon in protection. Athletically, Michel isn't a freak (4.54-second 40, 4.21-second shuttle), but he was a two-year captain at a program that Bill Belichick respects.
GOD IS GOOD🙏🏾 #GoPats— Sony Michel (@Flyguy2stackz) April 27, 2018