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What mood do you have in Game 2? Optimism that the Celtics can win 2-0 after such a fantastic performance in Game 1 and return to Boston or pessimism because Tony Brothers and Marc Davis are the officials and are influenced by the local population? ̵
Hmmm. Is resigned optimism one thing? That's what I'm going with.
I mean, you know Giannis will be a one-man free-throw line-up in Game 2. (What is the over / under, 18 free throws for Giannis? I take care of it, no matter what the line is.) In retrospect – actually, I even thought about it -, it is surprising that Aron Baynes and Al Horford him so physically allowed to play.
That was excellent, clean, lockdown playoff defense of course, but Giannis is in this stratosphere of stars that pervades stuff alone (like five-step jumps to tire). Those who try to stop it will never be able to take advantage of the doubt no matter who plays the whistle.
Turn on Al Horford with a big block of time on Giannis
– NBA UK (@NBAUK) April 28, 2019
And with these brothers and Davis? For the Celtics, it would be better for Pat Riley and Andrew Toney to wear the stripes.
And yet … One of the new developments at the end of the regular season, which has so far led to the playoffs, is their resilience. It showed up against Indiana as they slipped considerable leads (hey, that happens), but the Pacers would not take the total order. And it showed against the Bucks, as the score of 40-25 Celtics rose to 40-40, while Giannis was in the second quarter on the bench. Nevertheless, they did not let themselves be rattled and blew the Bucks on the way to a 22-point victory that was not so close. When they play to turn the switch off in the off-season, as they would like to say, the latest trick in dealing with adversity is a sign that this is indeed already happening.
I think the Bucks win on Tuesday, but not by a wide margin. It's going to be one of those games when you think the officials grew up in Racine and Eau Claire, and Giannis will be over 35, and Khris Middleton will probably have stretches to shoot at, as if he'll never be missing again. I expect an annoying, narrow loss that ultimately gives the Celtics fans a good sense of their chances to win in the series.
What do all the others think? What are the Celtics in Game 2? I hear you in the comments.
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