Celtics rout Bucks to open 2nd round

Make no mistake, the Bucks were uncharacteristically overwhelmed and outmatched for the majority of their Game 1 loss to the Celtics and they're now forced to look within to raise their game and make improvements after going down 1-0 in the series.

The Celtics knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs in seven games previous year, winning the final game at home. He grabbed eight rebounds-well below his season average-and only dished out two assists.

Baynes played a key role off the bench in helping secure the win by teaming up with Al Horford to contain the output of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks should adjust in Game 2. The Celtics loaded the paint against the Greek Freak, and they made him pay.

Game two of the series is set for Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Khris Middleton had 16 for Milwaukee, which completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Monday and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The same goes for the way the Celtics shot from three-point range, where they went 13-31. Former teammate Bill Russell is only one of the thousands who continue to mourn the passing of another legend, and he is now calling on the current Celtics squad to try and go all the way this season in memory of Havlicek. 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. Boston was frustratingly inconsistent all season long. Havlicek was the MVP of the 1974 NBA Finals when the Celtics defeated the Bucks in Game 7 at the MECCA in Milwaukee. While he still got his fill of points, Milwaukee's superstar was only 7-for-21 from the floor.

  • Angelo Rivera