Celtics keep Giannis in check in Game 1 win over Bucks

Celtics keep Giannis in check in Game 1 win over Bucks

They wanted to shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo, the favorite for MVP this season, and force the Bucks to rely on their other All-Star, Khris Middleton, to lead them to victory. Game two is now a must win for Milwaukee.

Antetokounmpo scored 22 points but shot just 7 for 21. He grabbed eight rebounds-well below his season average-and only dished out two assists.

Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way. This won't be easy given that Horford's sole objective in Game 2 will most likely be to keep him away from the basket and cancel out his three-point shots. The same goes for the way the Celtics shot from three-point range, where they went 13-31. The Celtics' highly efficient offense only was outdone by their tenacious defense, as the visitors' efforts on Giannis Antetokounmpo led to one of the worst offensive performances in the Greek Freak's career.

Both teams swept their way to victory in the opening round, but Boston, whose series with the Indiana Pacers was far more competitive than the Bucks' with the Detroit Pistons, appeared far more ready for the intensity of this elite match-up. This year, Milwaukee is the top seed in the East and has home-court advantage throughout the postseason after posting the NBA's best record, but Boston didn't play like an underdog in any way. It has been over a decade since the city last tasted a championship, and for some, a title back in Boston is long overdue.

It's in fact the Celtics who will be going blind into Game 2 and the Bucks who will have to set the pace for the entire game throughout.

Tatum was 2-of-7 from field and missed his lone 3-point attempt, but still managed a +/- rating of +16 in 30 minutes of action.

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