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Irving, Celtics no match for ‘aggressive’ Giannis

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As the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks convened at TD Garden for Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal, all eyes were on the stars on both sides.

On this night, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who played like the seasoned vet, repeatedly plowing through Boston’s defense en route to 22 free throws. He racked up 32 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the Bucks to a 123-116 victory over Kyrie Irving and the Celtics. The win allowed Milwaukee to regain control of this series.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I’m just going to keep being aggressive,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s what my teammates want me to do. I love getting to the free throw line. I’ve worked on it. I’m shooting my free throws with confidence, so it’s easy points for me and my teammates. I’m just going to keep being aggressive and making the right plays, and sometimes if I’ve got to take it all the way, then I’ll take it all the way.”3

Antetokounmpo’s approach, compared to Irving’s, was emblematic of how the night played out for both teams. Irving has been in these moments time and again in his career, and far more often than not, he has delivered. Antetokounmpo, on the other hand, is learning what life is like as the dominant force on a favored team in real time.

However, it was Antetokounmpo’s aggression that set the tone for Milwaukee, allowing him to get virtually all of Boston’s forwards in foul trouble and begin a parade to the foul line, particularly in the third quarter, when Milwaukee took over the game.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Irving, on the other hand, spent his night playing hero ball, jacking up one isolated jumper after another and failing to do enough to get his teammates involved. The Celtics settled for far too many long jumpers in this one, taking one more shot in the paint (27) than the Bucks made there (26).

“That’s what they do,” said Gordon Hayward, who had a very forgettable night (10 points on 2-for-8). “They really suck in when people drive and meet you at the rim. Sometimes it’s two, three, four guys are around. They are doing a good job of flying out afterward and trying to scramble.”

Much of the scrambling done by the Celtics in this one revolved around their trying to find a way to stop Antetokounmpo from crashing through their defense and winding up at the foul line.

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