Celtics Edge Bucks In Game 7:
Game 7 is always a special occasion in sports because everything comes down to just that one game. Essentially, there is no tomorrow. It’s all or nothing. In the first Game 7 of the 2017-18 NBA Playoffs, the Boston Celtics faced the Milwaukee Bucks. In a series where the home team won every game, the final matchup was no different. After Milwaukee got off to an impressive start, Boston quickly answered back and had a 20-2 run during the first half. The young guys for Boston stepped up, despite being without three of their best players. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are out for the season and Jaylen Brown injured his hamstring and was able to play just 16 minutes.
The Celtics had three players that scored more than 20 points: Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier. Horford and Rozier each scored 26 points, which led the team. Horford, an NBA All-Star, also added eight rebounds and three assists in the 16-point win. Rozier was incredibly good throughout the series despite not being a household name. For the most part, he outplayed the Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe. Rozier had two key three-pointers down the stretch of the game that put it away. Boston ended up winning 112-96. Tatum, one of the best rookies in the NBA, had 20 points and Boston was +24 when he was on the court. Marcus Morris put up 10 points off of the bench.
Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t have his best game, scoring 22 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Boston is headed to the Second Round for the second consecutive season. They reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season, before bowing out 4-1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ll face the Philadelphia 76ers with home court advantage. The two teams haven’t met in more than three months, but the Celtics were 3-1 against the Sixers during the regular season. Philadelphia won the most recent matchup, 89-80, at home though. This matchup will bring back memories from the 1980s, and we can hope that the games will be just as competitive and confrontational.
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