"I thought everybody on both sides looked a little gassed at the end of overtime".
It turned out it wasn't.
Boston's odds to win the National Basketball Association championship can be found at BetDSI and they are pegging the Celtics at +8000, which means that Brad Stevens' men are not among the most serious contenders to lift the National Basketball Association title this year.
That's exactly what they wound up doing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday at TD Garden.
With the game tied at 96, Boston's Terry Rozier knocked down a three with one second left to put the Celtics up 99-96 with one second to play.
If the Boston Celtics can handle their business in the opening round against the Milwaukee Bucks, or at least force the series to go the distance, then their undermanned roster will receive some much-needed assistance with the return of one of their tops guards.
The C's offensive woes continued throughout the quarter, as they'd go finish a miserable 4-for-20 from the field.
Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk, But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 seconds left.
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Boston Coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to "bust narratives". This time he missed his off-balance jumper, but he beat a bevy of Bucks to the carom in the right flat. It's just a really resilient group of kids. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is dishing four assists. Al Horford led the Celtics with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. And he made it. You know, whatever we've got, we've got to give.
"The coaches did a great job getting our mind off it and getting us to continue to play".
As the Bucks get set for Game 2 on Tuesday in Boston, Antetokounmpo is hopeful that his team can clean up the mistakes that forced it into such a precarious position in the first place.
The Boston Celtics came out of game one of their playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks with a 1-0 lead, but it was a far from easy win over the number seven seed. Boston is still dealing with their own massive list of injuries but when it came down to crunch time, they rallied and dug deep to get the win.
But with five Celtics in double figures (and four totaling 20 points or more), Boston has more than enough to cruise.
Rozier dribbled the clock down before crossing over Eric Bledsoe, stepping back and swishing an apparent game-winner with a half-second showing the clock.
Tatum blocked a corner 3-pointer, Horford grabbed the rebound, and Rozier went to the line for a 110-106 lead with 18.8 seconds to play. On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monster game with a double-double of 35 points and 13 rebounds along with seven assists and three thefts; Middleton followed him with 31 points, eight boards, six dishes, and a couple of steals, while Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points off the bench.