The Celtics entered the semifinals decisively. Having a great kick against Giannis Adétocunpo went through a magnificent 112-90 of Milwaukee, making 0-1 in the series.
The Greek Freak suffered a lot with Al Horror, but also with the help of the rest, with 22 points, but with only 4/16 points (only 8 points of the "painted") and 5/10 shots, although it measured 3 / 5 tripods. Only Chris Middelton, 16 and Nicolas Mirotic, with 13 points, helped the 24-year-old.
Irving, with 26 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds with Al Hornford, with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 internationals, stood out among the winners. The second game of the series will be held early in the morning (3:00) and again in Milwaukee.
The Celtics started the game impressively. With Brad Stevens recruiting his pentatons on Adodocunpo and helping the rest and Irving to be "very hot" they built a double-digit difference, 10-21. The Baks completed the 5/19 12-minute shootout with their leader counting a point with 0/3 shots. The excellent finish of the guests combined with the action of the reborn Hayward led the difference to +15, 25-40, with the "deer" counting 7/27 shots. Mike Badencholzher retired Yannis despite starting to find ways to score and the operation worked, while Milwaukee went 15-0 and tied (40-40), while Mirtid's third tripod went ahead, 44-43, to close half with 50-52 in favor of the Celts.
Baks won three points from Adoptunxo early in the third season, 54-53, but the sequel belonged to the Celtics. With Hornford doing tremendous defense work at Adockokunpo and an attack, the hosts made a 12-0 and continued to reach their difference at +21, 65-86 with 1:20 remaining in the 12 minutes. Giannis' two points helped the home team make the difference for the twelve, 80-92 at 8:50, before the end, but there was no continuation. The Irving-Hornford duo continued their … and in two minutes the difference was played at twenty, 80-100 discouraging Milwaukee and ending the match.
Twelve minutes: 17-26, 50-52, 71-88, 90-112.