3 keys for Milwaukee Bucks to close out Boston Celtics in Game 6

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez. Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown
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The Milwaukee Bucks need to keep finding Brook Lopez in mismatches to close out the Boston Celtics in Game 6

Here is a fact: Brook Lopez is a very large man.

Here is an opinion: Lopez getting four shots in Game 5 was far too few.

Given the state of the Bucks’ offense in this series against the Celtics’ defense, they can’t afford to be picky about where their offense comes from. Boston has chosen to go small the last couple of games without Robert Williams and that has meant Al Horford has been the primary defender against Giannis Antetokounmpo.

This also means that Lopez has someone not as large as he is defending him. I don’t want to advocate taking the ball out of Antetokounmpo or Jrue Holiday’s hands too much since they’re the only ones who can create offense for themselves and their teammates, but when one is off the floor, would it really hurt to give him the ball in a mismatch more often?

He got 21 total shots in Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee after only getting two in Game 2. It’s fair to wonder if he’ll get another heavier shot diet tonight back at home.

He is shooting 80 percent in the restricted area so far in these playoffs and over 73 percent in this series. He’s not the prettiest offensive player and post-ups are generally inefficient but again, with how rough their offense has looked without Khris Middleton, a couple of Lopez post touches wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world!

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The Milwaukee Bucks will try to go 9-0 in closeout games under head coach Mike Budenholzer tonight at 6:30 pm CT.