The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back in emphatic fashion in Game 2, evening up their second round series with the Boston Celtics.
The Milwaukee Bucks birthed an army of doubters with their embarrassing performance in Sunday’s Game 1, but their dismantling of the Celtics in Game 2 may have silenced them just as quickly.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing from the opening tip, but in embracing significant adjustments on both ends of the floor, the Bucks ultimately made their pressure pay in blowing Boston away in the third quarter.
Milwaukee’s defense switched with an effortlessness that underlined just how convincing the team’s Plan B appears to be, while they returned to a much more fluid, spaced out offensive approach that led to a barrage of three-point attempts.
Perhaps most significantly of all, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe all produced outstanding performances, meaning the Celtics couldn’t simply build their strategy around simply stopping one of the trio.
Milwaukee still has room to improve, as certain role players could offer much more than they’ve shown through the series’ first two games. Of course, that’s not even mentioning the fact that Malcolm Brogdon may also be set to return for Game 3.
Put simply, the Bucks looked like themselves on Tuesday, and the fact that they did so after making meaningful adjustments should act as a major warning to the Celtics. Either way, we’ve got a real series now.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the individual performances that led to Milwaukee’s crucial victory on Tuesday night.