3 questions before Game 5 between Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 09: Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams III
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Will we see a starting lineup change from the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics?

I didn’t expect a change after a win going into Game 4, but I suggested a lineup shakeup after they barely scraped by to secure that Game 3 win. They nearly scraped by again with the same rotation but snatched defeat from the jaws of victory instead.

Grayson Allen doesn’t need to be a starter for this series and, quite frankly, should be out of the rotation for the series as well. He’s just not suited for this matchup and that’s fine! Portis wasn’t suited for the Brooklyn Nets series last year but now he’s indispensable!

Allen’s biggest attribute and skill for this team is his 3-point shooting and the spacing he gives Giannis Antetokounmpo. Since a nice 3-of-6 start in Game 1, Allen is shooting 1-of-8 in the last eight games. I would already suggest he be out of the rotation if he was shooting well but considering he’s not, I’m suggesting it… even more?

My replacement in the starting five would be Pat Connaughton, who provides the same spacing threat but is actually converting his attempts in this series (9-of-20 from deep in four games) and is also a stronger defender. Not just in terms of his defensive prowess but he’s a physically stronger defender and is better suited to guard the Celtics’ wings.

Overall, the Bucks would be better suited to go with a seven-man rotation of Antetokounmpo, Holiday, Brook Lopez, Wesley Matthews, Connaughton, and George Hill.

You should expect to see some changes from Budenholzer tonight, we’ve seen him adjust the rotation throughout a series before. It all just depends on what those changes will be.