Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo looking to get payback at Celtics for last year’s playoff loss
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is looking to get some long-awaited payback, as there is still some unfinished business with the Boston Celtics dating back to last season’s loss in a best-of-seven first-round series:
“We definitely owe them something from last year,” Antetokounmpo said of the Celtics after a convincing 127-104 win on Monday to sweep the Detroit Pistons. “We’re gonna play hard.”
— FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) April 23, 2019
The Greek Freak and company took a second-seeded Celtics team to Game 7, but they were beat by a Kyrie Irving-less squad, who also didn’t have Gordon Hayward all series or Marcus Smart for the first four games.
Both teams only won games at home, giving Boston that special home-court advantage as the second seed in the East.
This series is bound to be much different than the last, as Antetokounmpo now has a stronger supporting cast around him, along with the top overall seed, giving them an extra game at home should they need it.
The Celtics will also have a bona fide closer in Kyrie Irving, though will likely miss Smart for the entirety of the series as he recovers from yet another injury.
Antetokounmpo has been champing at the bit to get his revenge and make his stride toward the NBA Finals after the Bucks got past the first round for the first time since 2001.
Milwaukee has yet to reach the NBA Finals since a crushing Game 7 loss in 1974. The Bucks won their only title in 1971, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a dominant 4-0 sweep of the Baltimore Bullets.