MILWAUKEE, WI — The Celtics shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 1 of their best of 7 series with the Bucks. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters on Tuesday he expects to see Giannis have a much better performance in Game 2.
“Giannis can have 40 (points) on any given night and be guarded with the exact same intensity, the exact same focus and everything else because he’s that good.” he said. “We’re guarding him with everybody, not just one guy. But certainly, Al (Horford) and Baynes will get the majority of that assignment, but he’s a hard guy to guard. You have to be ready for him to go 3-for-5 from 3 and throw in a couple of those drives that are really hard for the normal human being to make.
“Our first two playoff opponents are not good defensives, they’re elite defenses,” Stevens said. “Indiana did not get enough credit for that in our series — how good they were. How disciplined they were, how tough they were, how physical they were. From a preparation standpoint, getting ready to play this series after playing such a great, great defense, we know that Milwaukee’s the same. Milwaukee’s length, their system, their toughness, they’re hard to score on early in the clock. They’re very disciplined, they sometimes make you take shots you don’t want to take.”