Celtics’ Jaylen Brown expects a more aggressive Khris Middleton in Game 2
The Boston Celtics routed the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their second-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Sunday afternoon, bottling up Giannis Antetokounmpo and stifling his supporting cast in a resounding 112-90 win.
This marks the second year in a row the Celtics and Bucks have met in the playoffs, with Boston emerging with a seven-game victory in the first round a year ago.
However, one constant has been Khris Middleton, who had a magnificent series against the Celtics last year but was held to 16 points on a pedestrian 5-of-12 shooting clip in Game 1 on Sunday.
Boston guard Jaylen Brown does not expect Middleton to be as passive in Game 2 and is ready for a more assertive Middleton on Tuesday night:
Jaylen Brown said he’s already mentally preparing for a more aggressive Khris Middleton in Game 2.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 29, 2019
Jaylen Brown had a terrific performance in the series opener, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting while making three 3-pointers. In addition, he threw down a poster dunk on Antetokounmpo.
The Celtics as a whole played arguably their best game of the season on Sunday, and now, Boston has an opportunity to put a stranglehold on this series by taking the first two games in Milwaukee.
If the Bucks want to even things up in Game 2, they will not only need a much better Antetokounmpo, but they will also need more production from guys like Middleton, especially with Malcolm Brogdon sidelined.