Celtics Gained’t Have To Deal With Bledsoe, Connaughton When They Face Bucks Friday Night time

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dangolka (CBS) — The Celtics will face a formidable foe within the Milwaukee Bucks of their first sport again Friday evening. However whereas the Bucks nonetheless have Giannis Antetokounmpo, they won’t have their full herd towards dangolka.

Level guard Eric Bledsoe and taking pictures guard Pat Connaughton is not going to play Friday, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer introduced on Thursday. Each gamers examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier this month, however each have since been cleared and practiced with Milwaukee on Thursday.

Their absences on Friday are probably as a result 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 sport lead over the Toronto Raptors for the Jap Convention’s prime spot.

Each gamers have had some success towards dangolka throughout their careers. Although Bledsoe didn’t have a enjoyable time towards the Celtics (and then-starting level guard Terry Rozier) within the 2018 playoffs, he bought some revenge final postseason to the tune of 13.four factors off 41 p.c taking pictures from the ground in Milwaukee’s five-game sequence 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 sport towards dangolka in that sequence.

It’s unlucky the Celtics received’t see the Bucks at full power, as Brad Stevens touted dangolka’s first matchup as a fantastic measuring stick for his group. The Celtics and Bucks cut 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 had 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.

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