Tatum, Celtics Come up Short in Bubble Opener


The Celtics had a great opportunity to make a statement in their first game of the NBA restart. However, inconsistent play, turnovers and bad execution down the stretch turned a winnable game into a loss. Against a juggernaut like Milwaukee, you have to play a near-perfect game to beat them, the Celtics were far from perfect. Although, there are some positives to take away from the game.

Slow Start Dooms Celtics

The Bucks were able to jump out to an early 17-2 lead with ease. Milwaukee scored 10 of their first 17 points in the paint. While the Celtics lone basket was the result of the Bucks accidentally tipping the ball into their own basket.

Marcus Smart Doing Marcus Smart Things

The Celtics began to get back on track once Marcus Smart was inserted into the game. It’s no secret that Smart sets the tone for the Celtics, and with no fans in attendance, his energy is even more important. His play was a big part of why Boston was able to keep the game close, even with Jayson Tatum struggling and Kemba Walker on a minutes restriction. He ended with 23 points on 7-11 shooting.


Jayson Tatum Has Worst Game Of The Season

To say that Tatum had a bad game would be an understatement. He had just 5 points on 2-18 shooting, 1-17  if you remove Boston’s first points that came from the Bucks tipping it in their own basket. He also struggled defensively and made some really bad decisions. The worst can be seen when he reaches on Giannis 25 feet from the basket, allowing Antetokounmpo to make the go-ahead and-1.

Healthy Kemba

While Kemba Walker was only able to play 19 minutes due to a minutes restriction, he looked great when on the court. He scored 16 points on 5-9 shooting and 3-6 from three. More importantly, the burst and quickness was back. A healthy Walker is the Celtics only chance at getting out of the east.

Mixed Bag From Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown scored 22 points and gave the Celtics a couple momentum boosts– even giving the Celtics their first lead of the game. Brown battled foul trouble, however, as he picked up his fifth foul in the third quarter chasing an offensive rebound. This was big as it forced Brown to the bench, especially in a game where the Celtics could’ve used him to play around 40 minutes.

Khris Middleton Somewhat Contained

I always say, if you ever wonder what prime Michael Jordan looked like, just watch Khris Middleton when he plays the Celtics. This time, however, the Celtics played really good defense on Middleton and were really able to disrupt his rhythm. He had 18 points on a poor 6-20 shooting. The Celtics were able to throw multiple defenders on Middleton and made it a focal point to get into his airspace. Of course, this didn’t stop Middleton from hitting the dagger three, as it just wouldn’t be a Bucks-Celtics game without him breaking Celtics fan’s hearts.

The Celtics are back in action tomorrow against the Blazers.

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About Mason Urban

Sports writer for The Spectrum newspaper and contributor for The Lead Sports Media

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