National Basketball Association playoffs roundup: Celtics drop Bucks into 2-0 hole


He balanced running the offense with finding his own shot, an equilibrium that some times escaped him in the regular season. Guerschon Yabusele. Yabusele, a DNP-CD in Sunday's Game 1 win. Okay. Marcus Smart still out after thumb surgery?

The Raptors jumped out to an early 17-point first-quarter lead and never looked back, beating the Wizards 130-119 in Toronto to take a 2-0 series lead as the matchup switches to Washington. Game two started out close but as the game went on the Celtics pulled away and won by 14 points. The Bucks were giddy to get Boston in the first round.

Jaylen Brown had 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting Tuesday night. The Celtics were just 11 of 18 at the line but committed only five turnovers in the contest.

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Celtics: At age 21, Brown is the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game. Rozier dropped 23 points and dished out 8 assists after scoring 23 in Game 1.

But they're just as culpable as their teammates for Milwaukee's struggles.

Game 3 tips off Friday night in Milwaukee. While Boston is doing it with the next man up, the Bucks can't get it done with their normal rotation. After two games, the former United Kingdom guard has a situation building with former Louisville Cardinal Terry Rozier. Rozier hasn't turned the ball over in his 78 postseason minutes. The Bucks were weak on the defensive end as Boston shot 53.3 percent in the contest.

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Eric Bledsoe and John Henson scored 12 apiece, Shabazz Muhammad had 11 and Malcolm Brogdon added 10 as the Bucks lost despite shooting 59.7 percent (46 of 77). Milwaukee's bench group was outscored 41-25 in the contest. They have the personnel to space the floor adequately, but they don't have a system that gets the most out of their role players. There is still a chance that the Celtics will lose this series to the Bucks, even though the chances are low. Don't believe us? Take a look at the numbers.

Yet after Rozier accidentally - or maybe not so accidentally - called Eric "Drew Bledsoe" after Game 1, Bledsoe responded to a Rozier-centric question from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Matt Velazquez after Game 2 by saying "Who?" Baynes was a huge factor in this game, Dellavedova not so much, only recording one rebound and one turnover in 4:34 of court time. "He's just another one of our guys that needs to be ready". "People are going to respect me", he said.

"We've seen him against the better teams in the league all year be able to really raise his level in some of the biggest games".

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