Bucks should have Brogdon back in limited role

Ruben Hill
May 9, 2019

In Game 5 and for most of the series.

Hill finished with 16 points, and Mirotic had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference second round with a 3-1 lead in the series.

The top-seeded Bucks now advance to the Eastern finals, where they will have the home-court advantage over the victor of the other Eastern semifinal between Toronto and Philadelphia. Milwaukee leads the Eastern Conference with 40.4 defensive rebounds per game, led by Antetokounmpo averaging 10.3.

After a relatively quiet scoring first half, Giannis Antetokounmpo has made his presence felt with 10 third-quarter points to bring his total for the game to 16 points.

Milwaukee didn't have all that impressive shooting numbers either, going 44 of 100 from the field and 8 of 37 from the arc, but the Bucks did have 56 rebounds and committed just seven turnovers in Game 4.

Irving went 6 for 21 from the field in what might have been his final game with Boston. Al Horford added 20 points and six rebounds while Marcus Morris had 18 points with 14 rebounds.

After Milwaukee ousted Boston in the playoffs, Stevens credited the Bucks for building a winning culture. In Game 3, backups Connaughton and George Hill gave Milwaukee an offensive boost.

Kyrie Irving was vague on his future as the soon-to-be free agent sidestepped questions following the Boston Celtics' exit from the National Basketball Association playoffs.

For the Bucks, a bench that has performed spectacularly well in recent games now offers an even greater threat, and one that the Celtics likely would have preferred to avoid as they strive for an improbable comeback.

Milwaukee is led by five points from both Nikola Mirotic and Eric Bledsoe while Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored three points, grabbed two rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked two shots.

Bucks Injuries: Pau Gasol: out (ankle), Donte DiVincenzo: out for season (heel), Malcolm Brogdon: out (heel).

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