After taking control of Game 2, the Celtics looked like a completely different team Friday night against the Bucks.
Well, Maker was a poster guy for that in the Bucks' 116-92 victory over the Celtics.
Al Horford led the Celtics with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting, and Greg Monroe added 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, but Boston was plagued by poor shooting.
After tallying one minute of playing time in the first two games of this series, Thon Maker got his chance in Game 3 with John Henson sidelined (back soreness).
Coming off a torn ACL that cost him over half the regular season, Parker played less than 25 combined minutes in the first two games of the series - recording a grand total of two points on 1-of-7 shooting.
The Celtics never recovered.
After letting the Raptors grab the first 2-0 series lead in franchise history, the Wizards came home and checked off every box coach Scott Brooks presented.
But the shot merely unrolled the red carpet for Middleton, who scored the next eight Milwaukee points on three jumpers, two of them from downtown and the latter for a 101-76 lead.
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"I think we realized how important this game was", said Giannis. "We knew what to expect Sunday". He said he gave the players the option to shoot, but ultimately sent them on their way with a message. Terry Rozier didn't turn it over in 78 minutes over the first two games in the Garden. The Bucks carried this fight, and now the C's feel a bit like their foe did before Game 4.
The coach noted how Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker came off the Milwaukee bench and added even more energy to the Bucks brew. "We had a good rhythm to the game and everybody who stepped on the floor continued that. So this is me trying to set the tone for how we need to play the whole series, especially on Sunday".
"I thought when Delly and Maker came in their energy was contagious", Stevens said.
"Defensively I didn't think we were great, but offensively we were horrendous in the first", Stevens said. "So that's on them".
"At the end of the day, we're grown men, and it's the National Basketball Association", he told reporters after getting tossed against the Bulls earlier in April. If we're having a conversation, we're allowed to speak. "It's about how hard the other team is putting you on your heels, and that's what they did tonight to us". I can't say much else.
Bledsoe outplayed his counterpart on Friday night.
"I can't answer", he said, with a laugh, when asked about the refs. If I'm going to give away money, I want to give it to charity. It's all fine. I just have to do a better job responding, and we all have to do a better job responding.