Bucks to play without Giannis Antetokounmpo, three others versus Celtics
With the Milwaukee Bucks having already locked up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, their coaching staff have decided to give the night off to Giannis Antetokounmpo and three of his teammates on Wednesday. The team will play their regular season finale against the Boston Celtics inside the TD Garden, without four of their starters, who did not travel with the team.
Matthew Dellavedova, Tony Snell, and Khris Middleton are also not going to see action versus the C’s, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as the Bucks will take advantage of the opportunity to provide them with additional rest, which could benefit them once the playoffs begin.
“The Bucks clinched the sixth position by beating Charlotte on Monday and chose to travel to Boston without four players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Tony Snell and Khris Middleton. A Bucks spokesman confirmed they did not travel and they were listed on the game notes as out for rest.”
“Milwaukee’s starting lineup as listed in the notes has Mirza Teletovic and Michael Beasley at forwards, Thon Maker at center and Malcolm Brogdon and Rashad Vaughn at guards. Only Brogdon is a usual starter and he is trying to gain a rhythm after missing five games with a back injury and returning to the lineup on Monday.”
The Celtics on the other hand will have an easier path towards securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference, as a win will send the Cleveland Cavaliers below them in the standings. However, they also need to be careful and not be over confident as this could very well be a trap game.