BOSTON — The Celtics peaked with a acquire chance of 98 % on Wednesday evening according to ESPN, keeping a 14-stage lead with just underneath 10 minutes left in the video game.
From there, Milwaukee rallied to a remarkable victory, outscoring Boston 31-14 above the closing nine minutes to escape TD Backyard with a 110-107 earn.
Immediately after the video game, Celtics head mentor Ime Udoka acknowledged that the crew was crushed in the locker home in the rapid aftermath of the defeat.
“Of training course we’re going to be down,” Udoka said. “Guys are heading to pissed about the result, realizing we outplayed them for 3-and-a-fifty percent quarters. And so we talked about demonstrating our resolve and we designed it tougher on ourselves now. It’ll make it sweeter when we bounce back. But we gave up a golden possibility tonight.”
Boston’s Achilles’ heel all through that Bucks spectacular run was the team’s rebounding. Milwaukee collected seven offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter, together with a pair in the remaining minute that led to essential baskets from Giannis Antetokounmpo and the go-in advance bucket from Bobby Portis.
“Offensive rebounds seriously, the story of the game,” Udoka said. “They had 17 for 20 2nd-chance details and the massive the greater part of these came in the second fifty percent. They only experienced 6 in the to start with 50 % so he’s performing a fantastic career as far as that. Gave up 14, specifically on these distinct plays exactly where they acquired kick-out 3s. Some where by prolonged rebounds that were being a minor little bit more durable. We gotta locate bodies on those and free throw a person stands out.”
The Celtics now head again to Milwaukee going through a 3-2 series deficit, requirements a win at Fiserv Forum to maintain their year alive. Udoka was aspect of one particular of the most crushing defeats in NBA history when the Spurs dropped Activity 6 to the Heat all through the 2014 NBA Finals. He attempted to use that standpoint to support Boston look earlier the skipped probability to just take command of the sequence.
“You still have an opportunity,” Udoka stated. “It’s not a collection-ending decline. We have a opportunity to go make up for it. Like I said, we played really very well for 3-and-a-half quarters. Acquired a tiny stagnant, missed some shots in the fourth. But also didn’t appreciate our defense in the previous quarters. Look at the positives at what we did to get the 14-position guide.
“We experienced 13 in the 1st 50 %, how we can make on that. But we experienced a golden possibility and that’s the tale in this article. It is going to be harder now. We gotta go get two in a row. But what we’ve been carried out through the series and all over the period is bounce again when we’ve been tested, and even in this series. It was an possibility tonight but gotta go to Milwaukee, acquire it one particular video game at a time and try to provide it back right here.”
The Celtics will experience the Bucks on Friday night time in Milwaukee with suggestion off probably at 7:30 p.m. ET.