In the past three games, Kyrie is 19-for-62 from the field. The goodwill the Celtics earned by brooming Indiana? Who won that game? Smart ended the game 1-for-7 from 3 with two assists and a steal. But Irving has never lacked confidence, having reminded the media multiple times this season that he can get his shot any time he wants.
When Smart's injury was diagnosed, the team said he would resume basketball activities in four to six weeks, and the guard's progress has been a topic of discussion ever since. "We do it at times, but not quite enough".
Well the playoffs are here, the games count and things are decidedly not OK.
As for Antetokounmpo? The Greek Freak delivered a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-esque 39 points, 16 rebounds and four assists to help Milwaukee take a commanding 3-1 series lead. "Shots just didn't go in".
Brogdon was sitting the game out again just like he has for the last month and a half. "Who cares?" he said. You're being picked up full court.
"The expectations on me are going to be sky-high". I should have shot 30.
He's not alone, though.
During the season, only 13.2 percent of his possessions were in isolation, and he scored 0.98 points per isolation possession, shooting 45.8 percent. Long Two Tatum, unfortunately for Boston, has returned.
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The third quarter belonged to the Bucks' bench who have outscored the Celtics reserves 37-7 through three quarters.
With the seat in Boston getting hotter by the day, many, if not most, expect Kyrie Irving to depart the Celtics when he hits unrestricted free agency come July. Pat Connaughton-a local product-provided a boost.
"They've been the difference-maker in this series", Antetokounmpo said.
Typically I'm not a hot-take guy, but I have to be honest here - I think this season is toast. It's nearly like Kyrie has his mind already on his new team and isn't focused on this series, as he's missing even the wide open looks from three and easy layups. Their bench comes in and they have no drop-off. George Hill has been absolutely tremendous, hats off to them. Whether they have "chemistry issues" or personal drama behind the scenes, this is a team that still has all the right tools to make a championship contender: great coaching, a solid group of players overall, and a superstar in Kyrie Irving.
But all of that was with Antetokounmpo or Middleton playing at least eight minutes. They responded by scoring 86 points over the final 33 minutes. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Milwaukee and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. "He's close, and hopefully he'll be available sooner rather than later", Stevens said.
"Yeah that was killer", Stevens said. Strategy wise, the Rockets made the adjustment of the playoffs by inserting PJ Tucker as the small ball center in most Houston lineups, which does not allow the Warriors to seek out and attack Clint Capela on the defensive end.
Bucks thump Kyrie Irving and the Celtics in Game 4: Ian Levy over at The Step Back offered up what stood out in the Bucks' Game 4 win over the Celtics Monday night.
The Celtics needed more from Irving, and he knows it. They need a defense that has been shredded in this series to glue itself back together. They challenged Irving to attack mismatches in isolation.
Not surprisingly, Boston's fortunes have cratered along with Irving's faulty jumper. The past three games of this Eastern Conference semifinal - including Games 3 and 4 at home - have been ones for him to forget. Irving has had a number of defining games in his career.