The Milwaukee Bucks fall to the Boston Celtics, 116-108, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals inside the Fiserv Forum. The series is now tied 2-2.
Early week playoff losses are not a great way to start the work week.
Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 18 shots (14-for-32) and Jrue Holiday missed 17 (5-for-22). The Milwaukee Bucks offense isn’t built to have role players taking no shots.
I blame Mike Budenholzer for this. The Bucks have no offensive game plan with Khris Middleton out. You can get away with it against a bad Chicago Bulls team, but not when you’re playing good teams with good a good defense. Jrue having to carry this much offense isn’t going to work on an every night basis.
Budenholzer has no plan through four games to generate shots for role players. Figure it out, Mike.
Also, Milwaukee was doing a decent job on the boards, yet Budenholzer only plays Bobby Portis 15 minutes and Portis doesn’t even step on the court in the 4th Quarter?!
I would also like to see Jevon Carter on the court over George Hill and I’d also love to never see George Hill guard the opposing team’s best player ever again as long as he’s in a Milwaukee uniform.
I do think Jrue Holiday and Wesley Matthews played good defense tonight.
Milwaukee had a seven point lead entering the fourth quarter. But for the second consecutive game at Fiserv Forum, Boston dominated the final 12 minutes. Credit to Boston for playing well with their backs against the wall, but Milwaukee need to sustain these leads significantly better.
It’s just frustrating to see the Milwaukee Bucks play good enough to build leads on the Celtics, only to have them slip away. The Bucks had a golden opportunity to take a 3-1 series lead and had a typical Wisconsin sports curse collapse.
The Milwaukee Bucks defense hasn’t looked so great in this series when Boston actually hits wide open 3-pointers.
I truly felt like this was a must win in Game 4 for the Bucks. I am not confident that Milwaukee will win in Boston again. I’m sure glad the Bucks tanked down the stretch of the regular season to get the 3-seed!
The series is clearly not over, but needing (at least) one win in Boston over the final three games is far from ideal. Brace yourselves, Bucks fans.
Milwaukee and Boston will play Game 5 on Wednesday, May 11th from inside the TD Garden. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on TNT.
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