BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 113-107 Game 1 playoff win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Al Horford: Big Al came up with one of his biggest games of the season and the Celtics needed it. He tallied a double-double that included a team-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds along with four assists, two steals and three blocked shots.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Greek Freak was dominant as ever, finishing with a double-double that included a game-high 35 points on 11-for-21 shooting, along with 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Terry Rozier: Scary Terry was at his best down the stretch, drilling what was thought to be the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds to play. When that shot was matched to force overtime, Rozier was at it again, coming up big down the stretch. He finished with 23 points, including three free throws in the final 13 seconds of overtime.
Khris Middleton: This was one of those dominant performances in a very stealth-like manner. He hit the game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime which was one of several big shots by Middleton. He would finish the night with 31 points on 12-for-20 shooting along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Jaylen Brown: Strong play all game from Jaylen Brown as he finished with 20 points on 9-for-19 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.
Malcolm Brogdon: He was Milwaukee’s most effective scorer off the bench on Sunday. Last year’s rookie of the year had 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting.
Jayson Tatum: This was a strong playoff debut by the 20-year-old rookie, finishing with 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting as part of a double-double that included 10 rebounds which made him just the third Celtics rookie all-time to tally a double-double in their first playoff game.
Marcus Morris: He drained a couple of circus-like shots with the shot clock winding down, but there was a lot to like about what Morris brought to the game offensively. He scored 21 points off the bench to go with seven rebounds which was also tops among reserves for both teams.
Eric Bledsoe: The Bucks didn’t get nearly enough impactful plays from Bledsoe who had just nine points on 4-for-12 shooting before fouling out. It’s never a good night when you finish with more turnovers (5) than assists (4), and you’re a guard.
Jabari Parker: The Bucks seemingly had a matchup advantage with Parker coming off the bench. But like most of the Bucks, Parker struggled to ever get into any kind of rhythm as he scored just two points while missing four of his five shot attempts.