Celtics’ Brad Stevens not complaining about officials in Game 3 loss to Bucks
The Celtics bowed down to the Bucks 123-116 at TD Garden. The victory allowed Milwaukee to take the series lead and push Boston behind 2-1 after winning the opening match of the series.
However, there were plenty of concerns about how the game was called. In particular, Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo seemed to be heavily favored and even had 22 opportunities from the charity stripe — making 16 overall.
Stevens, nonetheless, didn’t discuss the officiating which went against them and pointed out that they were plenty of things that they could have done better during the game.
After Game 3 loss to Bucks in which Milwaukee took 36 free throws, Celtics' Brad Stevens: ""I don't complain about officials." pic.twitter.com/sdBBuwdrrX
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 4, 2019
While Brad Stevens and the Cs can make a case against officiating, it’s still clear that they were dominated by the Bucks
Defensively, Boston undoubtedly have a lot to work on. They allowed Antetokounmpo to finish the game with 32 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, while they had no answer for George Hill who stepped up off the bench and provided 21 markers on 75.0 percent shooting.
The Celtics also allowed Milwaukee to register a 50.6 percent shooting clip, including 40.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Offensively, the Boston bench were non-influential in the game, with the Bucks outscoring the Celtics’ reserves 42-16.
It remains to be seen how the Celtics plan to stop Giannis and Milwaukee in Game 4, and instead of crying over spilled milk, Stevens seems to be already contemplating what to do next.