Bucks advance to ECF, manhandle Celtics

Bucks advance to ECF, manhandle Celtics

BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference second round with a 3-1 lead in the series. To that point, a major issue for Boston was a lack of ball-movement, with contributed to the team's lack of rhythm, energy and efficiency. They were the preseason favorites in the East after getting Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injury, adding them to a roster that had shown great chemistry in the postseason.

The final game of this Celtics season, which began with rafters-high hopes and ended with them drawing comparisons to the 2011 Red Sox as the most unlikable Boston team of this decade, was a debacle that would have been much worse had the Bucks not shot poorly for much of the game. And as they look back on what has been such a confusing and disappointing season, they will try to find answers that they couldn't to solve their woes over the past seven months.

After the Celtics lost in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday to the Milwaukee Bucks to end their season, some of Boston's players were asked about their future.

Next up for the Bucks is the victor of the Philadelphia-Toronto series.

Boston went down without a fight. Obviously, you want to keep playing, but they put a halt to that, and they deserve the series. When faced with adversity the Celtics became a team of individuals that lacked genuine effort or trust for teammates. Horford battled some knee issues this season, but he remains an All-Star-caliber player and the team's second-best defender after Marcus Smart.

Hill has been an integral role player for Milwaukee in this series.

"I'll be the first to say that this, as far as any other year I've been a head coach, it's certainly been the most trying", Stevens said.

Milwaukee didn't have all that impressive shooting numbers either, going 44 of 100 from the field and 8 of 37 from the arc, but the Bucks did have 56 rebounds and committed just seven turnovers in Game 4. At the end of the day, really, you have to give Milwaukee credit.

As the Celtics were eliminated from the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs following a 116-91 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, Irving went out swinging - but he did so without hitting anything.

"I think that it's not a good mix there", Barkley told ESPN's Get Up!

The Bucks responded by winning the next four games by an average of 15.75 points, including twice on the road.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points and secured 8 rebounds as well as 8 assists.

George Hill scored 16 points in 21 minutes, Ersan Ilyasova was four of six from the field while Pat Connaughton kept Boston off the glass and grabbed 11 rebounds.

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