NBA playoffs 2018: Three takeaways from Celtics' Game 5 win over Bucks

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The Celtics remained unbeaten at house within the playoffs with a ninety two-87 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night time to take a three-2 lead of their first-spherical collection.

Al Horford led the best way with a double-double of twenty-two factors and 14 rebounds. Terry Rozier offered a spark at level guard, ending with sixteen factors and a group-excessive 5 assists. 

Listed here are three takeaways from Game 5…

Sluggish begin

The Bucks fed off their residence crowd in Video games three and four, leaping out to massive leads within the first quarter of each video games. On Tuesday night time, they struggled to seek out any power, scoring solely 15 factors within the first quarter.

Milwaukee was by no means actually capable of get again within the recreation after ending the primary interval in a gap with Boston’s lead getting as massive as sixteen factors.

Anticipate the Bucks to start out a lot better in Game 6 with their backs up towards the wall.


Boston crushed Milwaukee on the boards in Game 5, profitable the rebounding battle 50-37. The Bucks shot a poor 36.eight % from the sector, and the Celtics did not give them any second-probability alternatives.

Even within the Bucks’ two victories, Boston has managed the glass. Milwaukee had one of many worst rebounding charges (forty eight.three) within the league in the course of the common season — if the Bucks need to maintain their season alive, they will need to do a greater job of competing down low.

Defensive consistency

Milwaukee received again within the collection by defending at a excessive degree. The Bucks have been capable of present all through this collection that they’ve the power to lock Boston down on the defensive finish — the one drawback is that they have not accomplished it persistently on the street.

It goes with out saying that the defensive effort might be there at house for the Bucks, they usually’ve additionally been extra explosive offensively on the Bradley Middle.

But when they plan on profitable this collection, they need to win one in Beantown — which suggests their effort on the defensive finish should journey with them in the event that they pressure a Game 7.