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Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Milwaukee Bucks fans chant "Bucks in 6" at end of Game 3

Milwaukee Bucks fans chant

Khris Middleton had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 as the host Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 116-92 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Friday night.

Aussie Thon Maker had only stepped on the floor for one minute in the first two games of the Milwaukee Bucks first-round series against the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics had anticipated playing in Milwaukee would be tough.

The challenge to the Bucks now is even greater.

It means Bledsoe, with 17 points and four assists, staying on the right side of his matchup with Rozier, the Celtics point guard he had dissed with a "Who's that?" remark after Game 2.

Milwaukee's aggressive, switchy defense forced Boston into a lot of ugly shots and turnovers to start the game.

The Bucks have been notoriously slow at the beginning of games and after halftime. Boston struggled to command the paint throughout the game, settling for jump shots and three-pointers early.

Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier had much quieter games after their Boston explosions, with Rozier managing just nine points and committing five turnovers after coughing it up zero times in the first two games.

Another hot storyline from this series is the frustration between Jabari Parker and the Bucks organization. And the Bucks ran the Celtics off the floor without their star having a dominant night.

He pulled off four spectacular blocks in his first four minutes.

In Game 3, they threw this script out the window.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Bucks are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. To his defense, though, it would be hard to get into a rhythm with limited minutes in an unbalanced rotation.

The Bucks wanted it more.

. Clearly Parker is angry and has a chip on his shoulder. If I'm going to give away money, I want to give it to charity.

The Bucks' defensive length bothered Boston, with 13 blocks helping keep the Celtics' shooting percentage down.

Almost everything else went Milwaukee's way, too. They knew who they wanted to go after.

Several players got in each other's faces, including Serge Ibaka and Wall, prompting the latter's bodyguard to intercede. The playoffs are a different beast and in order to find some consistency, the rotation has to be limited to eight or nine guys at the very most.

Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon replaced Tony Snell at guard alongside Bledsoe. He only played 19 minutes in game two though, which begs the question as to if the coaches are still anxious about him playing lengthy minutes.

Game four will also be Sunday night in Indianapolis. The only game that matters is tonight. If Milwaukee wins, I believe it will come down to the final possession.

After a nail biting overtime win in Game 1, and a blowout win in Game 2, the Celtics came into the Bradley Center with a ton of momentum and a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Playoffs. The Bucks have some of the best fans in the National Basketball Association and the Fortress on Fourth Street is sure to be rocking tonight. Sure they can, this team has all the talent to win a playoff series and make a run.

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