Brad Stevens Postgame Interview Following Celtics Game 1 Victory Over Bucks

    Brad Stevens implemented a defensive strategy that limited Giannis Antetokounmpo in a 112-90 win over the Bucks

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    MILWAUKEE — Head coach Brad Stevens knew how important Al Horford was going to be in his best-of-7 series against the Bucks.

    As Giannis Antetokounmpo’s primary defender, Horford had his hands full but his approach in Game 1 was masterful as his first-quarter defense set the tone and ultimately led to a 112-90 Celtics win in Milwaukee.

    BRAD STEVENS ON HORFORD’S DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE:

    “We said all year, you can’t overstate Al Horford’s importance to our team,” Brad Stevens said after the Celtics’ 112-90 win over the Bucks. “Obviously, the numbers back that up, his ability to stretch the floor against size and post smalls, and also on the other end be very versatile defensively. I thought we tried to guard Giannis as hard as we could but he still ended up with 20 points and made a bunch of threes in the second half — that’s a collective effort and Al was obviously assigned to him quite a bit but I thought the whole team was cognoscente of him.

    “We are going to have to look at it and see what we can do better. Al is a huge part of our team and I am thankful for the long, long, long, periods of time in between timeouts in the fourth quarter.”