Jabari Parker vows to be 'better person' and teammate going forward

Stephen Watson

As the playoffs approached, the Milwaukee Bucks thought they might catch a break by finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference, setting up a first-round series with the Boston Celtics, who'd go into the postseason without point guard Kyrie Irving.

This was expected, but it's nice to get confirmation well before tip-off.

The Celtics have made them pay for those miscues - 20 percent of Boston's scoring in the series has come off a Milwaukee turnover - and, while holding only a two-rebound advantage on the glass, have made the most of those opportunities, too, racking up 20 offensive rebounds which they've converted for 42 points.

Coming off a torn ACL that cost him over half the regular season, Parker played less than 25 combined minutes in the first two games of the series - recording a grand total of two points on 1-of-7 shooting. The Celtics still lead the series 2-1, but Milwaukee now has more confidence and a good chance to tie the series on its home floor in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

"We were on our heels the whole time and they did a good job of creating that", Stevens said of the Bucks defensive impact on the Celtics.

Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier had much quieter games after their Boston explosions, with Rozier managing just nine points and committing five turnovers after coughing it up zero times in the first two games.

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Dellavedova had played only four minutes in the two losses and Maker just one minute, but the Bucks' interim coach, Joe Prunty, unleashed the Australians in the first quarter and the result was stunning.

Antetokounmpo led all players with nine points in the opening 12 minutes.

Sadly for Boston, the Celtics' shot-making didn't get any better in the second quarter. We gotta come out, set screens - we gotta be just as physical. Kevin Love added 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. "I remember we lost. But I care about winning; once we're all on the same page, I think everything's going to be a lot easier for everybody to play". "And we will. It's simple". They continued to press on defense despite racking up the fouls and took a 15 point lead heading into the second.

Khris Middleton led all scorers with 23 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points. From there they crawled into garbage time, and finished at an even.400 (32-for-80) for the night. "I think there are multiple guys that would say that in regards to wanting to be on the floor, wanting to be able to contribute, wanting to come in and do the things that we need to help win games and we do want that". We don't have time - our margin of error is not that big.

"And we're driving to the rim and we're getting shot after shot blocked because we're trying to hit home runs by then. Luckily it was only worth one".

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