That was fun… Like, tons of fun. Outrageous fun. If you were having a shitty
day, week, month like yours truly that game right there is distraction fuel right into the bloodstream.
The Milwaukee Bucks decided to go throwback last night and re-paint their old floor from the MECCA. I’ll admit, I understand people get fired up for throwback stuff but the court had a weird look to it in my opinion.
It has an old-school vibe to it and apparently, this was one hell of a court back in the day. To me, it just seems like I’m going to play shuffleboard. Kyrie wasn’t a fan at first either BUT BOY OH BOY would he be a fan after.
During the first-half Kyrie was groovin’. He looked locked in right from the tip and looked even more comfortable than he did against the Knicks. You kind of knew it was going to be a good Kyrie night when you saw things like this…
first-half game was essentially the Kyrie and Al Horford show. It was like a weird throwback (fitting) to NBA Jam where Kyrie and Al just were in the same zone. Horford did an incredible job containing Giannis Antetokounmpo and getting in his face every time he went up for a shot. With a guy like Giannis who is 6’11 with a 7’0 wingspan and can play like a guard, there really isn’t much you can do to STOP him… Just contain him. Al did that.
The Celtics went from up 5 at the end of the first quarter to down 1 at halftime… Why? This was a fun night, why did this happen? Sloppy offense, and more turnovers than Jay Cutler without his cigarettes. Before the end of the half, we almost saw what might have been the most thunderous dunk of all time if it wasn’t for Aron Baynes being a monstrosity of a human and getting in the way.
Jesus Christ, that would’ve given me nightmares. Baynes hit the floor hard too, but he did it for the sake of the city. Thank you for your service.
Just for reference of how shitty the Celtics were to close out the half? At the end of the first quarter, they were 8-17 from the floor just a tick under 50%. At the half? 14-39 from the floor for an abysmal 35.9%… Woof. To have that kind of drop off in a quarter the C’s were lucky not to be down 10. Another thing that didn’t help? Jaylen Brown 0-8 from the floor in the first half. He had an off night all the way around and I expect him to shake it off.
The second-half still continued to be the Kyrie and Al variety hour and it was a thing of beauty to watch. I think now that the Celtics have a few games under their belt, Kyrie is becoming more comfortable in the system and is starting to figure out where guys like Horford are going to set up. Kyrie’s court vision last night was exceptional minus a few turnovers, but the highlight was we finally saw Aggressive Al Horford on offense. Horford was bullying people in the post and his biggest sequence was him hitting back-to-back threes for the Celtics to take the lead back late in the third quarter…
That got me out of my seat…
The Celtics took the fourth quarter convincingly. Giannis was heating up at the end but it was too late. The Celtics did something last night that I hadn’t seen much from Celtics teams of the past… They closed with multiple players on offense down the stretch. Before it was always “Give Isaiah the ball and get the hell out of the way” whereas last night you saw great looks down the stretch from incredible ball movement. The Celtics win 96-89 and let’s look at the stats.
Al Horford: 27 points 9 rebounds 4 assists (11-14 shooting)
Kyrie Irving: 24 points 7assists 2 steals 1 block (10-18 shooting)
KEY TEAM STATS OF THE NIGHT
The Celtics out-rebounded the Bucks 52-44 for the game. That is incredible considering how gigantic that team is. The Celtics have been solid all season on the boards and what a nice change of pace that finally is.
The C’s were also 19-22 from the free throw line. It’s about damn time that consistency arrived.
I don’t have something to end this with… so I’m just going to leave this here and say that we’re on to the next one. Shout out to Rob Perez.