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NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Celtics, Bucks square off from Milwaukee in Game 3

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May 7, 2022 at 5:57 PM EDT

Here come the Celtics

Grant Williams with considered one of his best plays of the series stopping Jrue on the PnR then getting vertical to stop Giannis getting the pocket pass and going for the layup, then Jaylen gets the and one one in transition and it is a two possession game.

Bucks lead has been trimmed to 4, 92-88.

Jared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 5:40 PM EDT

Bucks take 80-67 lead into fourth

This game continues to be a wrestling match with all this physicality, however the Bucks have taken a double-digit lead with some 3-point shooting here within the third quarter.

Bucks hit a pair jumpers they usually lead, 80-67, heading into the fourth quarter.

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 5:30 PM EDT

Robert Williams exits and comes right back

Rob Williams took a second shot to the face today as Bobby Portis’ elbowed him within the brow going for a rebound.

Williams was down for several minutes and was slowly helped to the locker room, still holding his face.

He’s now returned to the bench.

Jared WeissJared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 5:22 PM EDT

All gas, no brakes for Giannis

Giannis Antetokounmpo is feeling himself now.

Bucks just forced one other miss. Save by Connaughton. Antetokounmpo down the center, last second pass to Holiday. Bucks up, 66-56, with 6:14 left within the third.

And one big shimmy from Antetokounmpo as he ran back down the ground.

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 5:19 PM EDT

Who let 1988 in here?

Non-Giannis/Lopez Bucks 28 minutes into Game 3: 7-of-29, including 4-for-17 on 3s.

Tatum/Brown: 6-20, 0-of-5 on 3s.

David AldridgeDavid Aldridge·

Senior Columnist, NBA

May 7, 2022 at 5:16 PM EDT

We have a Battle in Milwaukee

I feel like I’m watching the Nineties Knicks grapple with Antonio Davis and Dale Davis.

Bucks lead 58-84 with 8:13 left within the third.

Jay KingJay King·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT

Injured from the sidelines

I’m injured just from watching that half.

Pretty sure 80 percent of possessions ended with at the least one body crashing to the court. The Celtics shot 33.3 percent from the sector. The Bucks couldn’t crack 40 percent either.

Jay KingJay King·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 4:59 PM EDT

Mind-boggling first half motion

Scholars will spend centuries studying this primary half.

The Celtics are getting absolutely within the paint and Tatum/Brown are desperately fighting for a smidge of daylight. Giannis has been a monster tearing through Boston’s defense and already has his best scoring game of the series.

And yet, the Celtics are those dominating at the road and Giannis and Lopez have three fouls. If considered one of them has to sit down for foul trouble, Boston can finally start getting a few of their side-to-side drive and kick motion that dominated in Game 2.

Unsurprisingly, Giannis and Lopez were the primary ones out of the locker room to get shots up.

Jared WeissJared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 4:55 PM EDT

Celtics lead 50-46 on the break

The Bucks were 3-of-18 from 3 in Game 2. They’re 3-of-18 in the primary half of Game 3 tonight in Milwaukee.

The looks are even higher on this game from deep they usually’re just not hitting them.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has put together a robust first half though with 20 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting. By setting screens for Allen and Connaughton, he has been capable of get favorable matchups in the primary half, however the Bucks just aren’t scoring enough.

The Bucks are down, 50-46, at halftime.

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 4:47 PM EDT

Third foul for Giannis

There was a player laying on the ground at the tip of just about every possession within the second quarter. We’re all going to get subpoenaed as witnesses by the point this game is over.

In other news, Giannis picked up his third foul closing out on Grant Williams and he’s out of the sport.

Big moment for the Celtics with Giannis running through them the past jiffy.

Jared WeissJared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 4:26 PM EDT

Playoff basketball is not all the time the prettiest

Neither team has mustered much offensively today.

Celtics lead, 32-31, with 6:58 left in the primary half, but each teams have an offensive rating within the 80s.

Bucks are 2-of-12 from 3. Celtics are 3-of-14 from 3. That is an unsightly, ugly game to this point.

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 4:26 PM EDT

Tatum puts Giannis within the rim

Jayson Tatum crashed into the stands on a quick break dunk when he got hammered by Giannis Antetokounmpo from behind.

Tatum held his left wrist for at the least a minute on the bottom, but was capable of shake it off. Something to keep watch over after he had that wrist wrapped after Game 2.

Jared WeissJared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 4:15 PM EDT

George Hill makes immediate impact

Early minutes from Milwaukee’s George Hill, making his first appearance within the postseason after missing the Bucks’ first seven playoff games with an abdominal strain, highlight why coaches trust vets within the postseason regardless that they have not played much.

On his first defensive possession, Hill beat Jayson Tatum to the baseline and drew an offensive foul on Boston’s superstar. On his first offensive possession, Hill set an “excuse me” pick deep within the paint that gave Giannis Antetokounmpo an unencumbered path to the basket.

Small, subtle, winning plays that will not show up within the box rating.

David AldridgeDavid Aldridge·

Senior Columnist, NBA

May 7, 2022 at 4:05 PM EDT

Bucks are getting up shots

The Bucks put up 18 3s in everything of Game 1. It’s clearly a priority for them here in the primary quarter. They led, 21-17, with 2:00 left in the primary quarter and had already tried eight triples. Only two have gone in, but they appear determined to stand up more 3s today.

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 4:03 PM EDT

Celtics go big; Bucks up 21-15

The Celtics have Grant Williams at small forward next to Al Horford and Robert Williams. This group played 34 minutes together all regular season.

Jay KingJay King·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 3:57 PM EDT

Wait a minute…

Jrue Holiday and Rob Williams just executed the proper fast break. Great to see the chemistry these guys have moving the ball.

Jared WeissJared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 3:50 PM EDT

Early change again for Boston

Second straight game Ime Udoka has swapped the Williamses out early in the primary when Rob wasn’t executing the sport plan defending Giannis. Celtics run a middle pick-and-pop for Grant immediately, which we have not seen much of this 12 months.

Bucks up 13-9 just a little greater than five minutes into the sport.

Jared WeissJared Weiss·

Staff Author, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 3:47 PM EDT

Matching up with Celtics

Listed below are the Bucks’ defensive matchups out of the gate:

  • Grayson Allen on Marcus Smart
  • Wesley Matthews on Jayson Tatum
  • Jrue Holiday on Jaylen Brown
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo on Al Horford
  • Brook Lopez on Robert Williams

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

It just looks so unimaginable to attain on these defenses.

— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 7, 2022

May 7, 2022 at 3:28 PM EDT

Questions for either side

For Celtics today: How well do they keep shooting the three?

For Bucks today: Can Giannis beat single coverage early?

Law MurrayLaw Murray·

Staff Author, Clippers

May 7, 2022 at 3:08 PM EDT

Recent lineup for Milwaukee

The Bucks are going with a latest starting lineup today: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez.

Since Khris Middleton sprained his left MCL, the Bucks have used a starting lineup with three big men. Now Bobby Portis has been moved back to a job off the bench for Allen. Within the second half Tuesday, the Bucks used Allen in dribble-handoffs and pick-and-rolls with Antetokounmpo, and that allowed the Bucks to interrupt the Celtics down off the dribble, something they struggled to do in the primary half with the three bigs of their starting lineup. Allen will get tested consistently on the defensive end of the ground.

Eric NehmEric Nehm·

Staff Author, Bucks

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