The mano a mano continues in the Eastern Conference semi-final between Boston and Milwaukee, where each team wins in turn. Monday night, the Celtics reacted perfectly by winning Game 4 on the floor of the Bucks (116-108), two days after a frustrating defeat at home (101-103). The men in green tie at two wins all in the series. Game 5 will take place on the night of Wednesday to Thursday (1 a.m. in France) in Boston.
Led by 7 points at the start of the last quarter, the Celtics seemed in bad shape, without their defensive pillar Robert Williams (knee) and with a handicapped Jaylen Brown (18 pts). However, they managed an impressive comeback in the wake of Jayson Tatum (30 pts, 13 rebounds), who raised his head after his weak match 3 (10 pts at 4/19 shooting), but also, much more unexpectedly, d ‘Al Horford.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Sin of Pride
It’s never too late to sign his record for points in the play-offs and the 35-year-old veteran had chosen this evening to slam 30, too (11/14 in the shoot, with 8 rebounds), including 16 in 100% success in the fourth quarter! The highlight was the dunk which marked the equalizer 10 minutes from time, celebrated with unusual rage, obtaining a foul from Giannis Antetokounmpo in the process.
The Bucks superstar also delivered a very big performance (34 pts, 18 rebounds, 5 assists), but undoubtedly committed a sin of pride by chambering Horford in the middle of the game. This earned the Greek a technical foul and visibly overmotivated the interior of the Celtics.
Boston hopes to find Robert Williams on Wednesday, while the Bucks will probably still be without their All-Star Khris Middleton (knee), who missed his seventh straight game on Monday.