MILWAUKEE – The Boston Celtics will surely look to make some changes for today’s Game 4 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks after getting thoroughly smashed 116-92 in Game 3.
But don’t look for the Celtics to change up their starting lineup according to head coach Brad Stevens.
The Celtics have had the same starting five – Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Aron Baynes – in each of the first three games.
“Our five starters have played pretty darn well if you take out Friday night,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “If we make a change to the starting lineup at some point, it would be more of a matchup change.”
One area that the Celtics will look to shore up is the impact of Milwaukee’s bench.
In Game 3, they outscored the Celtics bench 50-34.
Even more significant, the Bucks had multiple players from their second unit who impacted the game with their defense and overall energy as well.
Matthew Dellavedova’s full-court pressure on Terry Rozier was a factor. Ditto for Thon Maker’s interior defense.
“They really had a lot of good things going on,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Their starters killed us, too. That was a thorough butt-kicking and we move on, play better.”