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Brad Stevens shows respect to Bucks, says they were clearly better than Celtics

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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens admits the Milwaukee Bucks are the better team.

After Milwaukee ousted Boston in the playoffs, Stevens credited the Bucks for building a winning culture. He then went on to say that the top-seeded team completely outplayed them throughout the series.

The Celtics won Game 1 in convincing fashion on the road, 112-90. That was the only win Boston would savor.

The Bucks won four consecutive games to close out the series. They beat the Celtics by an average of 16.3 points. In Boston’s Game 5 loss, seven Bucks players scored in double digits.

NBA MVP frontunner Giannis Antetokounmpo led a balanced Milwaukee attack with 20 points in their closeout Game 5 victory. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

The Celtics starters had a nightmare performance from the field. Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown shot a combined 16-of-54 (29.6 percent) from the floor in Game 5.

Irving made just six of 21 shots for the Celtics. He finished with 15 points, one rebound and one assist.

The Celtics now enter an offseason full of uncertainties, especially with Irving likely to decline his player option and enter free agency.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, will look to continue their dominance and show that they are not only the better team against Boston but also the best team in the NBA.