Bucks smother Celtics in dominating 116-91 victory

12 May, 2019, 03:34 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Bucks beat Celtics 116-91 to advance to East Finals

Irving finished 6-for-21 as the Celtics got demolished by the Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 116-91.

When the odds came out prior to Boston's Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, they were a bit surprising.

In four straight losses to the Bucks, Irving shot a pitiful 25-of-83, failing to emerge as a big-time leader for what many believed was the East's most talented team.

And with such a smashing run to the conference finals to their credit, the Bucks are officially the team to beat in the run for the National Basketball Association title. Players were given the option of meeting with reporters, though Irving, Horford, Morris and Rozier all declined. There's a lot left to be sorted out, but what we do know is that the chatter around the All-Star point guard and where he'll choose to play is going to be a major talking point in the coming months. Game six is tonight - with the Raptors holding a 3-2 series lead.

Horford snapped on an official in front of the Boston bench when he wasn't even in the game, which is very rare for Horford.

Milwaukee, who had not won a play-off series against the Celtics since 1983, dominated games by nullifying the threat of Kyrie Irving. Certainly the Celtics will go all out for Anthony Davis in a trade, but it's unclear how that would affect Irving.

The Celtics' loss eliminated the chance for a "Boston Slam", the possibility of an unprecedented sweep of all four major pro championships in a year.

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The Bucks have relied on their bench heavily in Games 3 and 4 against the Celtics.

The messages are meant to be friendly reminders to players that the staffer believes they possess the talent to beat anyone but to not mess around.

Stevens' team was arguably the most-disappointing team in the league this season.

Irving can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason. But those words don't seem like a commitment anymore.

"They showed all year why they were who they were", Irving told reporters in Milwaukee, as seen on NBA's postgame coverage. "Obviously they are making moves to position themselves for this upcoming summer".

"We don't really worry about them at all - who we're playing against, who they have on their roster and whatnot", he insisted in the wake of the Game 4 win.

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