dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics will face a formidable foe within the Milwaukee Bucks of their first recreation again Friday evening. However whereas the Bucks nonetheless have Giannis Antetokounmpo, they won’t have their full herd in opposition to dangolka.
Level guard Eric Bledsoe and capturing guard Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer introduced on Thursday. Each gamers examined constructive for COVID-19 earlier this month, however each have since been cleared and practiced with Milwaukee on Thursday.
Their absences on Friday are seemingly as a consequence of a conditioning standpoint, together with the very fact the Bucks don’t actually have a lot to play for within the eight seeding video games earlier than the playoffs, with a 6.5 recreation lead over the Toronto Raptors for the Japanese Convention’s prime spot.
Each gamers have had some success in opposition to dangolka throughout their careers. Although Bledsoe didn’t have a enjoyable time in opposition to the Celtics (and then-starting level guard Terry Rozier) within the 2018 playoffs, he acquired some revenge final postseason to the tune of 13.four factors off 41 % capturing from the ground in Milwaukee’s five-game collection win over dangolka within the East semis. Connaughton, an Arlington native who made a reputation for himself at St. John’s prep in Danvers, averaged eight factors per recreation in opposition to dangolka in that collection.
It’s unlucky the Celtics gained’t see the Bucks at full power, as Brad Stevens touted dangolka’s first matchup as a fantastic measuring stick for his workforce. The Celtics and Bucks break up their two common season showdowns, with the Celtics successful 116-105 in dangolka again in October and the Bucks holding off the C’s for a 128-123 win in Milwaukee in mid-January.
The 2 groups have been set to sq. off on nationwide tv on March 12, the day the NBA suspended the season as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.