Boston Celtics (2-3) at Milwaukee Bucks (4-3)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
8:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #6, Road Game #2
TV: CSN-NE, FSNWI, NBA-LP 755(DTV)/754,755(xfinity)
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WTMJ 620AM
BMO Harris Bradley Center
The Celtics are on the road once again to take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who have won their last 4 games. The Celtics are looking for their first 2 game win streak of the young season. The Bucks won the series 2-1 last season. This is the first of 4 meetings between these two teams this season.
The Bucks are the second youngest team in the league at 24 years 144 days, behind only the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics aren't far behind, however with an average age of 24 years 348 days, good for 5th youngest in the league.
There are some ties between these two teams. This is a homecoming of sorts for Jae Crowder who played his college games for Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Former Celtic, Jerryd Bayless is playing well for the Bucks and may be looking to have a big game against his former team.
Marcus Smart did not travel with the team to Milwaukee and stayed home to continue to rehab his injured toe. Isaiah Thomas should to get the start again in his place, with Evan Turner expected to play more to help fill in for the injured Smart. The Celtics will have to head back to Boston right after the game to prepare to face the Pacers at home on Wednesday.
PG SG SF
Isaiah Thomas...Avery Bradley...Jae Crowder...Amir Johnson...Jared Sullinger
Marcus Smart (toe) out
Jae Crowder (knee) probable
PG SG SF
Tyler Ennis...Khris Middleton...Giannis Antetokounmpo...Jabari Parker...Greg Monroe
Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) out
OJ Mayo (hamstring) out
Jae Crowder vs Giannis Antetokounmpo
Antetokounmpo, aka the Greek Freak, is like no other small forward in the league. He is 6'11" tall and very athletic. He is averaging 19.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game and will be a challenge for Jae to have to deal with on both ends of the court, especially if there is any lingering stiffness in Jae's knee.
Jared Sullinger vs Greg Monroe
Monroe was rumored to be considering the Celtics this summer but he instead chose the Bucks and is playing well for them. He is averaging 18.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.
Keys to the Game
Defense - Both teams started out slowly on defense but have come on stronger over the past few games. After allowing 115.3 point s in their first 3 games, the Celtics have allowed just 90.3 in the last 4. The Bucks allowed 46% field goal shooting and 43.2% on 3 pointers over their first 4 games but are allowing just 41% from the field and just 21% from beyond the arc in their last 3 games. The team that continues to play the toughest defense will be the one that comes out on top.
Run! - The Celtics were very effective against the Wizards because they ran on every possession and were able to get their shots before the Wizards' defenses were set. The Celtics have to utilize their depth by running the other team off the court.
Take Care of the Ball - The Bucks are very long and athletic. The Celtics need to make careful passes and take care not to allow the Bucks to force turnovers. This also includes hitting their shots and making the extra pass to find the open man.
Start Strong - The Celtics came out strong against the Wizards and rode their first quarter success throughout the game. They have to do the same thing in this game. They have to come out strong and play hard right through the final buzzer.
Momentum - The Celtics are coming off their best game of the season and need to ride that momentum into this game. The Bucks however have some momentum of their own, riding a 4 game win streak. Which team will do better to continue their momentum into this game?
Road Game - The Celtics will be on the road for just the second game this season. Can they keep their focus and get their first win in a hostile environment?