After finally snapping the 11-game losing streak against the Boston Celtics on Saturday, the Bucks will play those same Celtics Tuesday at the TD Garden in Boston. The Bucks have had the Celtics number this season, winning both of their contests this year (accounting for an astounding 66.6% of the Bucks wins this season… yeah, not good). The Bucks started slow on Tuesday, getting down 27-16 with two minutes left in the first quarter, but then a little Giannis magic and good three-point shooting brought the Bucks back into it, eventually leading to a victory. With the win the Bucks jumped up to 3-13 while the Celtics dropped to 7-12. With that let’s look at some things to watch for in the game tonight.
Giannis Giannis Giannis!!!
Antetokounmpo got his most minutes of the season on Saturday (28 minutes) and he made the most of it. He finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on 4-6 shooting while also providing some amazing splash plays. Given the state of the Bucks season, there isn’t any reason not to give Giannis significant minutes. The best way for him to gain experience and become better is to play against NBA talent. Hopefully Larry Drew realizes this and starts giving Giannis more minutes.
Brandon Knight had his best game of the season last game, almost tallying a triple-double and shooting fantastic from the 3-point line. This is the Brandon Knight that the team needs if they want to be successful. Now it’s unrealistic to expect that many rebounds or assists from him, but if he can hit open shots and manage the floor while staying aggressive, the Bucks will definitely be more competitive. It will be interesting to see if he can string together a few games like this, starting again tonight.
For the Celtics Kelly Olynyk and Rajon Rondo are both out while Courtney Lee is questionable.
Ersan Ilyasova may return tonight for the Bucks, while both Nate Wolters and Caron Butler are questionable.