Bucks dominate Celtics to move up to Eastern Finals

Bucks dominate Celtics to move up to Eastern Finals

Milwaukee awaits the victor of the Philadelphia/Toronto series.

The Boston Celtics' 2018-19 season came to a rightful end on Wednesday night, with Brad Stevens' team getting blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 39 points to lead Milwaukee to the win and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in the loss for Boston. In Game 4, when Eric Bledsoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were all sitting with foul trouble, the bench built a third-quarter lead; the Bucks never trailed after the third. He played 22.7 minutes per game during the regular season and just 18 per contest in the playoffs, when he averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds on 32.2 percent shooting.

One of the big reasons Boston has been unable to keep up with Milwaukee since Game 1 is that Kyrie Irving has been laying bricks.

Kyrie Irving had 15 points for the losing squad, with Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris adding 14 points apiece.

They had Gordon Hayward coming back, but for some reason the team failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. He had one assist, one rebound, three turnovers, one change of sneakers at halftime (turned out the problem was not the shoes), and was minus-25 in the 116-91 loss. "We weren't ourselves. The next four games, we came out with a different approach, a different mindset".

"Truth be told, there's no time to be disappointed, you take your lesson, you move on, " he said afterward. He is eligible for free agency in the offseason, and his future is one of the major questions facing the Celtics this summer.

"It tested me", Brown said.

Wednesday's performance was the worst of Irving's four straight poor games in this series after the Celtics surprised the Bucks in Game 1.

The Bucks' reserves allowed head coach Mike Budenholzer to reduce the workload on his stars at various points throughout the matchup with Boston, which could be crucial moving forward.

Horford snapped on an official in front of the Boston bench when he wasn't even in the game, which is very rare for Horford. The polar opposite of the team that made the conference finals a season ago.

"I'm going to do what I feel is best for my career, and, you know, that's just where it stands", Irving said earlier this season.

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