Philadelphia 76ers: Potential conference finals matchup against Bucks

Florence Fletcher
May 10, 2019

It isn't the first game in the series that Milwaukee has leaned on its bench.

Once the Game 5 buzzer went off, the Bucks' social media team didn't miss the opportunity to troll former Celtics great and current ESPN analyst Paul Pierce, who sincerely believed the second-round series was over following Boston's Game 1 win.

After a season in which lack of chemistry was a recurrent issue, team president Danny Ainge will have some tough choices to make that will affect the franchise's long-term future.

In came George Hill and Pat Connaughton to replace the Milwaukee Bucks' two All-Stars.

The Bucks won the final four games of the series by an average of 16.3 points, sealing a 4-1 triumph as Milwaukee await the victor of the Toronto Raptors-Philadelphia 76ers matchup. Maybe the Bucks needed a game to get back into the groove following a first-round sweep that was never in doubt. Yet, this year's Celtics are not disappointing because they lost to the Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks, make that Giannis Antetokounmpo, has the Boston Celtics on the brink of elimination. Not only did the Bucks guards find ways to score, they limited Irving to just five points - all from the free throw line.

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Malcolm Brogdon also had 10 points in his return to the lineup after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis. Boston players can watch those games from their hotel rooms in Cancun, while they ponder their future.

But you could also bet the Celtics' moneyline in each game and end up with substantially more in three games' time. He's tremendous. Not only in the way he plays when you guys all see him in the games, but just the way he goes about his everyday business. The Celtics are tied for 10 in field goal percentage as they shoot 44 percent from the floor as a team. At 8 p.m. ET, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors (-2), fresh off a 36-point victory in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference series over the Philadelphia 76ers, can finish off their series in Game 6 in Philly. "That's the best way to try to beat us". Boston saw the return of Marcus Smart, who had been out since April 8 when he suffered a torn oblique, in Game 4 but he was a non-factor. Meanwhile, the Warriors have other injuries to monitor in Kevin Durant's right elbow and Curry's dislocated left middle finger. He is taking the most blame after a series where he shot 35.6 percent overall and 21.9 percent from three - in five games against the Bucks he scored 102 points on 104 shots.

Milwaukee trailed for just a matter of seconds late in the first quarter in the clincher, building as much as a 16-point lead in the second quarter and 18 in the third before coasting home. He shot 25-of-83 in the final four games against Milwaukee and did not show accountability - to the bitter end.

One game after Antetokounmpo was two assists shy of a triple-double, he scored 17 points with seven rebounds in the fourth quarter to help the Bucks pull away.

The Bucks responded by winning the next four games by an average of 15.75 points, including twice on the road. Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe told ESPN that the team wasn't prepared for the intensity of Game 1. "We obviously would love to be up, 3-1, or have the series be over".

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team with 28.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest.

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