By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — So much went in opposition to the Celtics on Friday night time, and most of it was their very own doing. They fell into an enormous gap early, Jayson Tatum had a horrendous night time, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was given roughly 13 fouls.
Nonetheless, the Celtics practically beat the perfect staff within the NBA of their first sport again within the NBA bubble down in Orlando. The Celtics misplaced to the Bucks 119-112, exhibiting that they will nonetheless run with the NBA’s finest, however that in addition they nonetheless have some work to do in the event that they wish to elevate themselves to title contender standing. Whereas a few questionable calls went in opposition to their favor at some key moments late within the sport, the Celtics nonetheless must play significantly better in the event that they meet the Bucks once more.
dangolka has seven extra seeding video games to get it proper earlier than the playoffs, and although they had been on the fallacious aspect of the scoreboard on Friday night time, there’s a lot to be optimistic about in relation to the Celtics. For starters, basketball is again. Because the Celtics and followers stew over what might have been Friday night time, they solely have to attend two extra days to see them in motion once more.
Listed here are a few of the takeaways from a irritating — however principally entertaining — Celtics loss to the Bucks.
Jayson Tatum Was ICE COLD
Tatum had presumably his worst sport as an expert basketball participant. That’s no exaggeration.
He shot a depressing 2-for-18, and a type of makes was not even his. Tatum was credited with a hoop that the Bucks knocked in, as a result of he was the closest participant to the ring. He didn’t make his first shot till there was seven seconds left within the third quarter. That’s not going to chop it. Not when the opposite staff’s star participant places in 36 factors.
Tatum simply by no means regarded snug in his bubble debut. His shot regarded off stability and the Bucks had been there to satisfy him any time he drove to the ring. If Tatum was simply common, and even rather less horrible than he was, the Celtics would have received Friday night time.
The excellent news is that Tatum has seven extra video games to shake it off earlier than the playoffs.
“The least of our concern is him discovering the online,” Brad Stevens stated of Tatum’s struggles. “That’s what he does. He’ll be nice.”
Kemba Seemed Good
Kemba and his sore knee regarded fairly darn good in his 19 minutes of motion. He had his common burst to the basket, and stated after the sport that he felt regular and cozy. That’s some nice information.
Walker performed 19 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter. Having a totally wholesome Kemba would have made an enormous distinction down the stretch, however the focus proper now could be on having Kemba at his finest when the playoffs arrive.
General, Walker had 16 factors off 5-for-9 taking pictures from the ground and 3-for-6 from downtown. Not dangerous for 19 minutes of labor.
Sensible was dangolka’s finest participant on Friday night time, doing every little thing that Marcus Sensible normally does. He led all scorers with 23 factors in his 32 minutes off the bench, and his shot regarded fairly good too, going 7-for-11 from the ground and 3-for-6 from three-point land.
Being Sensible, he additionally performed some stable protection all through, sometimes on Giannis. It didn’t all the time finish nicely for Sensible, who took a shot to a really delicate space and in addition had Antetokounmpo fall on him after he fell on his shoulder, nevertheless it wouldn’t be the stretch run of the season with out Sensible struggling just a few bumps and bruises alongside the way in which.
Gordon Hayward (17 factors, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) and Daniel Theis (13 factors, 12 rebounds) had been additionally stable for dangolka.
Nonetheless Tons Of Battle
dangolka fell right into a 17-2 gap to start out the sport, after which surrendered a 19-6 run within the second quarter to let Milwaukee construct one other double-digit lead. However the Celtics didn’t bow out and stored clawing again, principally because of Walker and Sensible.
“We had a number of possessions once we had 4 guys guarding, we made one mistake and so they uncovered it. On the offensive finish we had been passive early,” Stevens stated of the staff’s early struggles. “That was in all probability not an enormous shock. I believed the way in which we performed the remainder of the sport was fairly darn good. We did extra good issues than dangerous, however we have to play higher to beat these guys.”
No Reply For Giannis
That Giannis man is the reigning MVP for a motive: He’s actually stinkin’ good. The Greek Freak scored a game-high 36 factors off 14-for-20 taking pictures, scoring most of these baskets with ease. He additionally pulled down 15 rebounds and had seven assists.
There isn’t any rust on that man.
Let’s Complain About Refs
It wouldn’t be an NBA sport with out some questionable calls from the zebras. They usually gave Antetokounmpo just a few assists late, when he in all probability ought to have been watching the remainder of the sport from the bench.
The primary name in query got here when Giannis — with 5 fouls — delivered a chop to Theis’ ribs because the C’s huge man set a display. There was no whistle till Theis bent over in ache and the refs went to a evaluation to see if there was “hostile act” on the play. No hostile act was discovered, and because the refs instructed Stevens through the sport, they couldn’t then assess Giannis with a private foul. Possibly it ought to have been a foul anyhow, however once you’re a famous person, you are inclined to get some breaks. Irritating, nevertheless it occurs.
However once you add in the truth that this was initially dominated a cost on Giannis, which might have despatched him to the bench — once more, solely to be reversed upon a evaluation? Yeah, the Celtics and their followers are gonna be a tad bit upset with the officers.
— De’Wobbin Fox (@WorldWideWob) August 1, 2020
That will likely be up for debate for… not less than just a few days. Sensible was not a contented man after the sport, calling shenanigans on the NBA.
“I want we received a greater
. The excuse was I used to be late on the cost. They stated the replay middle stated I used to be late and it was a block. Fairly frankly we all know what that was about—Giannis had six fouls and so they didn’t wish to foul him out,” he stated. “Let’s name a spade a spade.”
Giannis tried to profess his love for Sensible and his enjoying fashion after the decision received overturned, however Sensible was having none of it.
Sensible and Giannis had a fairly animated dialog close to the #Celtics bench after the overturned name. Giannis was telling Sensible how a lot he admired him as a defender and Sensible instructed him "don't patronize me, you understand what that decision was about." #Celtics #Bucks #NBABubble
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) August 1, 2020
That was an enormous play with 1:28 left and the sport tied at 107-107. As a substitute of the Celtics getting the ball with an opportunity to take a late lead, and Giannis taking a seat on the bench, Milwaukee received a three-point play and took a 110-107 benefit. Sensible could have been responsible of shifting a bit whereas Giannis was within the air, nevertheless it sort of felt like a type of “watch till you see one thing” critiques.
Six of Giannis’ 36 factors got here after that reversed name, sealing the victory for Milwaukee. Add in the truth that the Celtics took simply 5 free throws within the second half, after making 29 journeys to the charity stripe within the first half, and there are going to be quite a lot of issues stated in regards to the officiating. That is the way in which within the NBA.
The Celtics could also be offended at these calls, however complaining isn’t going to do a lot good now. What issues is taking that anger and turning it into some gasoline the remainder of the way in which.
Let’s simply hope we get just a few extra Celtics-Bucks matchups down within the bubble.