Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 42 in Bucks win against Boston

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The Celtics had their chances to win. Even late. Even after climbing all the way back from a 14-point deficit. But Al Horford’s last-second tip-in was deemed too late as the clock went off before the ball left his fingers. The Celtics fell 103-101 to the Bucks on Saturday at Fiserv Forum. Boston now trails Milwaukee 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with a key Game 4 coming up at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Source: Souichi Terada @ Booth Newspapers

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
That was like 1 of the 2006 Finals ref disasters. No consistency, no feel, all over the place on charges/no-charges and then they completely botched the Jrue push off and Smart’s 3 FT that somehow turned into 2. Just brutal. I hope the NBA is horrified. PS: Great game by Giannis. – 6:26 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Milwaukee Bucks leads 2-1 in the series vs the Celtics because of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Greek Freak put the team on his back proving he’s the best player in the world. Definetely!
42 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 16/30, crucial go-ahead bucket in the last minute. #FearTheDeer6:25 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
What a ride Bucks-Celtics was. Giannis is otherworldly. 30 shots for Giannis and Jrue is probably the way it’ll have to be with no Middleton. Celtics went too much away from the drive and kick all game, especially with Tatum badly struggling. Last 2 minute report will be comical. – 6:24 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday both took 30 shots today.
Only other playoff game since 1965 that saw two teammates with 30 shots apiece was June 13, 1993 — Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and that was in triple OT. – 6:21 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
That was an all-time classic from Giannis and I’m pissed that the thing I’m gonna remember from this game is that bad call right at the end. – 6:19 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Bucks win Game 3 with a ridiculous performance by Giannis.
42, 12 and 8.
Jayson Tatum with one of his worst overall offensive performances of the season. Didn’t make shots (4-19) and didn’t really create many easy opportunities for his teammates. – 6:19 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Wow
Giannis is so absolutely dominant
But there is still a formula to counter that dominance collectively, as seen with Boston
Specifically when they’re without Middleton
Miami has to focus on Philly right now, but that would be the mindset in that scenario – 6:19 PM

Kane Pitman @KanePitman
The Bucks are desperately missing Khris Middleton on offense in this series but Giannis came in tonight and said get on my back fellas, I’m the best player in the world and we’re winning this game. Just his latest phenomenal playoff performance. – 6:18 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Bucks ESCAPED
up 12 with 9 mins remaining
giannis 40 piece
tatum 4-19
smart 1-7
could’ve been a devastating loss – 6:18 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis today:
42 PTS
12 REB
8 AST
2 STL
3 BLK
16-30 FG
Best player in the world. pic.twitter.com/FWRnulov0K6:17 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
FINAL: Bucks 103, Celtics 101
– Antetokounmpo 42pts/12reb/8ast
– Holiday 25pts/7reb/3ast
– Lopez 13pts/10reb/2ast – 6:17 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
i have no idea why they went jrue iso on grant williams followed by jrue iso on tatum with a giannis bucket in between but the bucks just might get away with it – 6:13 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks take a 103-100 lead on back-to-back buckets by Giannis Antetokounmpo & Jrue Holiday — with an Antetokounmpo block in-between. – 6:13 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Man, that possession was a struggle for Holiday, but a massive shot there. Floater is good. Bucks up, 103-100, with 11.2 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo got them the lead on a euro step around Grant Williams and the Bucks got a stop on Brown at the rim before it. – 6:13 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Two great plays by Giannis and Jrue Holiday. After missing two shots to take a four-point lead, the Celtics now trail 103-100 with 11.2 seconds left. – 6:13 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Giannis and Holiday in this second half >>> – 6:12 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Wow, #Bucks respond with buckets from Giannis and then Holiday to take a 3-point lead with 11.2 left. – 6:12 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Giannis has more 40-point playoff games than
Tim Duncan
Karl Malone
Charles Barkley
Amar’e Stoudemire
Larry Bird
Dominique Wilkins pic.twitter.com/YhocDOeGCE6:11 PM

Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
Would to see a Jrue PNR with Giannis as screener here with Lopez spaced high up above the break. – 6:11 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Bud should get a timeout here to rest Giannis. He’s out of gas. – 6:10 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Terrible shot by Giannis right there. – 6:08 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Giannis looks wiped out. – 6:08 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Good lord. Giannis with the 40-13-8-2-2 – 6:08 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think Jaylen Brown is the best defender I’ve ever seen get hunted on switches. It’s not remotely a slight against him. Boston’s defense is just so good that he’s the closest thing to a favorable matchup for Giannis. – 6:08 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Giannis looks exhausted right now. So am I, and I’m just watching this slugfest. – 6:07 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown has been covering Giannis after Horford gets switched off since Grant Williams got his fifth foul and Boston isn’t sending help until Giannis gets to the middle of the paint. – 6:07 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
40 point game for Giannis pic.twitter.com/f8G7Ll7B8Y6:06 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics are giving up the Jaylen Brown switch on Giannis. Don’t know whether that’s the right move. – 6:05 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Al Horford has 22 points now for the #Celtics and has gotten them within 97-95 with 3:40 to go in regulation.
Hit a hook over Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was slow to switch off Jaylen Brown when Jrue Holiday called for it, and then Horford has played strong D last couple poss. – 6:02 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford is taking over on both ends, with the icing on the cake being a complete shut down on that last Giannis drive to force a desperate kickout that’s intercepted. – 6:02 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
It’s crazy how Giannis just makes lunch of even big, strong wings. You really need huge bodies to throw at him for any chance at success. – 6:01 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
“Fifth foul… Grant Williams… not guarding Giannis…”
*Giannis dunks again” – 6:00 PM

Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
Not sure its worth preserving foul trouble for Williams and keeping him off Giannis. – 5:59 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday have taken 52 of the #Bucks 88 shots and scored 59 of their 92 points thus far. – 5:57 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Sorry but contact btw GWilliams and Giannis in the post isnt a foul by either guy. Thats good, hard-nosed basketball. Unfortunately what 95% of defenders do today in that position is fall to get a call or the offensive player exaggerates the impact by snapping his head to get FTs – 5:55 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Grant Williams with 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’s a two possession game. – 5:54 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Four fouls on Giannis. – 5:53 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Could be a big swing there. Holiday rims out a floater, Brown comes back with an and-one in transition – and it’s Giannis’s fourth foul. Celtics within four when it could have been nine. – 5:53 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
And despite trying to avoid the foul, Giannis Antetokounmpo picks up his fourth foul contesting Jaylen Brown at the rim.
Bucks’ lead down to four. – 5:53 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After an Antetokounmpo 3 gave the Bucks an 86-73 lead, the Celtics have rattled off a 12-5 run and they are right back in this game.
Bucks still lead, 90-85, with 7:30 left though. – 5:48 PM

Ralph Lawler @Ohmeomy
I am now convinced, The Greek Freak is the best player in the NBA today. – 5:45 PM

NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
Giannis in the “MVP” Nike Zoom Freak 3 for afternoon action! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/hbvqHOJNL35:43 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Giannis Antetokounmpo created 21 points in that third quarter (11 scored, plus 10 from 4 assists)
Celtics scored only 17 in the third quarter as a team.
Playmaker Giannis BACK – 5:40 PM

Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
HUGE third quarter finish from Holiday to buy Giannis some rest going into the fourth. 5/7 shooting in third after a rough first half. – 5:38 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
The Celtics have flat out been bad in the 3rd. After 4 1st half turnovers for 1 point, they turned it over 7 times in the 3rd for 8 points. Giannis had 2 assists in the 1st half, 4 in the 3rd quarter. 34-17 Bucks in the 3rd – 5:38 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics play a horrible 3Q, trail 80-67. Brown 12, White 11, Horford 10, RWilliams 10, GWilliams 9, Tatum 8 (3-17 FG); Antetokounmpo 31, Holiday 21, Lopez 11. – 5:38 PM

Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
They don’t call many charges on Giannis but they could at least get him for carrying the ball 10 percent of the time he does it – 5:32 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Watching this game I came in rooting for the Bucks, being short handed. But I find myself switching because I feel like Giannis is being consistently rewarded by officials for playing a bit recklessly today. – 5:31 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston has to make a major run the next time Giannis sits. – 5:31 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Al Horford was DARING Antetokounmpo to throw that pass to Matthews.
He eventually did and there is a triple for Matthews. Bucks up, 73-63, with 3:40 left in the third. – 5:30 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Giannis is in the pace for 40-point, 20-rebound game today. Unstoppable force! #fearthedeer5:22 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Giannis 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/eA2FpFPsNN5:22 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo is feeling himself now.
Bucks just forced another miss. Save by Connaughton. Antetokounmpo down the middle, last second pass to Holiday. Bucks up, 66-56, with 6:14 left in the 3rd.
And one big shimmy from Antetokounmpo as he ran back down the floor. – 5:22 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Boston: we’re going to pack the paint.
Giannis: You’re just bowling pins – 5:21 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Giannis Shimmy – 5:21 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Celtics are absolutely terrified of Giannis at the rim. – 5:21 PM

Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
Giannis… pic.twitter.com/foB8EP4pmI5:20 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Giannis is a menace to society pic.twitter.com/siIOzsX8P65:18 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
This was ruled a common foul on Grant Williams but Giannis didn’t get called for anything. Certainly looks like Giannis tried to wrench that arm in a non basketball play though. Williams is lucky he got it out of there pic.twitter.com/gYtv4PgV985:18 PM

Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
Giannis about to give us a 50/20 game today? – 5:17 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Remember when Giannis and AD used to be in the same conversation? This guy is unstoppable – 5:17 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Giannis has 29 and 12 on 11-19/0-4/7-10 shooting splits.
Everyone else in the game combined has 73 on 33/22 from the floor.
58-54, Bucks, 8:13 left in the 3rd. – 5:16 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Giannis is unfair. – 5:16 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo has half of the #Bucks points as they lead the #Celtics 58-54. – 5:15 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo to the rack again. He’s up to 29 points tonight. Looked like Marcus Smart fell over in the circle on the drive.
Timeout to Ime Udoka. Bucks up, 58-54, with 8:13 left in the third quarter. – 5:15 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Celtics turnovers killing them early in the 3rd, allowing Giannis to get out in transition where even 3 guys haven’t a prayer of stopping him. – 5:15 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Giannis has been going beast mode on these drives and the Celtics aren’t backing down from the contact. That Grant Williams foul is just a strong foul against a strong player. Love it. – 5:13 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Giannis is 10 for 18 with 27 and 12.
Tatum is 2 for 11 with 6 and 2.
Somehow, it’s a two-point game. – 5:13 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Giannis could’ve really hurt Grant Williams right there. – 5:13 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Grant Williams delivers a hard foul to @Giannis Antetokounmpo. After official review, it was deemed a common foul. Giannis goes to the free-throw line, will shoot a pair of free throws. MIL fans start “ref you suck!” chants. – 5:13 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
They reviewed the foul on Grant Williams, but despite the crowd of bodies, it’s obvious he was trying to hold Giannis up.
They confirm the common foul. Fiserv Forum disagrees – 5:13 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Common foul on Grant Williams, his second of the game. Giannis Antetokounmpo heads to the free throw line with the game tied. – 5:13 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Giannis with a defender in the paint pic.twitter.com/z3EIhUysyU5:12 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Grant Williams with a grab of Antetokounmpo that’s now being reviewed. – 5:11 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo tried the over-the-top euro against Grant Williams in transition and Williams just wrapped him up.
William’s arm got hooked by Antetokounmpo. They both hit the floor. And the play is under review. – 5:11 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Grant fouls Giannis hard and then tried holding him up. They’re going to review this. #Celtics #Bucks5:11 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Big And 1 for Giannis. All kids should practice this move 🤨 pic.twitter.com/eT4dvrRB2p5:11 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Taking charges on Giannis isn’t Robert Williams’ game – 5:08 PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Middleton being out just puts so much pressure on Giannis. Especially when guys like Portis aren’t giving the Bucks much right now. – 4:55 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The #Celtics lead 50-46 at the half. @Jaylen Brown has 10 pts, 7 rebounds. @Grant Williams has 7 pts. Al Horford 8 pts, 7 reb. The Bucks are led by Giannis (20 pts, 9 reb) and B. Lopez who has 11 pts, 7 reb. – 4:52 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Giannis out with 3 fouls and a minute left in the half (because if he gets his 4th with 24:01 left in the game it’s worst than 23:59) and they give up a 5-0 run in 2 possessions. Also, why Lopez out at the same time? – 4:50 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
The Celtics are shooting 6/16 in the paint and are somehow leading 50-46 at halftime. If Grant missed that last shot, both teams would be 3/18 from deep, which is wht Bucks shot in Game 2. Absolute blood bath of a game so far. Celtics 16/17 from the line, 3 fouls on Giannis. – 4:49 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics score 7 pts in final 57.7 seconds, lead #Bucks 50-46 at half. Brown 10, Horford 8, RWilliams 8, GWilliams 7, White 7; Antetokounmpo 20, Lopez 11, Holiday 9. – 4:48 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Great end to the half for the Celtics, who go into the break up four despite a huge couple of quarters from Giannis Antetokounmpo. I have bruises just from watching the physicality in this game. – 4:48 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Giannis picks up his 3rd foul closing out on Grant Williams and he’s out of the game. Big moment for the Celtics with Giannis running through them the past few minutes. – 4:46 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Antetokounmpo just picked up his third foul. Got handsy on a late closeout against Grant Williams.
Definitely one he could have avoided with just 57.7 seconds left in the first half. – 4:45 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
i mean come on giannis lmao, nothing tatum can do – 4:45 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo picks up his third foul with 57.7 seconds left in the first half. – 4:45 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Third foul on Giannis, hitting Grant on a drive. Key sequence. #Celtics #Bucks4:45 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Giannis the only player ever to display this level of dominance while hitting you with a dad joke running down the court. – 4:41 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jayson Tatum was favoring his left wrist after a hard Giannis foul on a breakaway in the second quarter masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…4:39 PM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Giannis contra los que le coloquen enfrente.. pic.twitter.com/0btljJG4Qp4:37 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
3 possessions:
Giannis dunk… Giannis block… Giannis rebound… Giannis layup – 4:37 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Giannis is making sure this game is on his terms – 4:37 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Giannis is incredible. – 4:37 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Giannis is a bad, bad man. – 4:36 PM

Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
that was another offensive foul by giannis missed by officials – 4:33 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
To be honest, that exact play is why Giannis is Giannis. For as great as he is, he truly doesn’t care about optics. He’ll do whatever he can to try to win. Doesn’t always work, but you respect the effort. – 4:23 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
After all that Giannis Antetokounmpo picks up his second foul and the #Celtics briefly take a lead.
Brook Lopez comes down with a three-point play. He has 11 points & the #Bucks lead 31-30. – 4:22 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Damn that was a nasty flush by Tatum on Giannis – 4:21 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Jayson Tatum with the dunk, fouled at the end of the play by Giannis. It took him a minute or so to get to his feet. The play was being reviewed to see if it needed to be upgraded, but quickly determined it was just a common foul. – 4:21 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Common foul on Giannis is upheld. – 4:21 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo on Jayson Tatum was quickly reviewed for a flagrant upgrade, but it was deemed a common foul. – 4:20 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Tatum just put Giannis in the basket!!! – 4:20 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum is down in the stands holding his wrist and flexing his hand after Giannis knocked him out of the air going for the fast break block. He’s holding his left wrist as he walks back to the bench, but he hasn’t head to the locker room. – 4:20 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo just tried a chasedown block on Jayson Tatum and fouled Tatum as he completed the dunk.
The contact sent Tatum into the stanchion. Tatum stayed down for a while. – 4:20 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Wow, Tatum dunks on Giannis, who knocks him into the stanchion. Let’s see if they look at this. Tatum is holding his wrist. #Celtics #Bucks4:20 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jevon Carter checks in to pair with Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. #Bucks lead 28-27. – 4:19 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Yo
I understand Bud being upset there 😆
He lost an impulsive challenge because Giannis trucked Grant Williams
Then he watched his man get trucked by Tatum, no call
That’s how the perception of make up calls happen 🗄️ – 4:14 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After one quarter, the Bucks lead, 22-19. Antetokounmpo with 8pts/4reb. Bucks are just 2-of-10 from 3.
Advanced Stats
OffRtg: 81.5
DefRtg: 70.4
Net Rtg: +11.1
ORB%: 7.1%
DRB%: 88.2% – 4:13 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum and GWilliams were a combined 1-for-9 FG in that opening Q. MIL 22, BOS 19.
Brown 6, RWilliams 6; Antetokounmpo 8. – 4:13 PM

Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
LOL at Giannis protecting Bud from a T there – 4:12 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Charge on Giannis. #Celtics #Bucks4:10 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Imagine the kind of crazy you have to be to be like “Here comes Giannis, think I’ll stay put” – 4:10 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo called for an offensive foul, his first foul of the game. The Bucks are challenging the call. Time-out. Milwaukee leads 22-19 with 38.9 seconds to play in the first quarter. – 4:09 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Budenholzer is challenging the charge on Giannis. I’m not sure the value of challenging that call in the 1st quarter, but here we are – 4:08 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Grant Williams just took a charge on the break against Giannis Antetokounmpo with 38.9 seconds left in the first quarter.
Antetokounmpo was furious and demanded Budenholzer challenge it. Timeout. Challenge. – 4:08 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
too easy for Bucks perimeter players to get past those first defenders right now. C’s doing the quick shot thing again. Losing ground with Giannis on the bench is not going to end well – 4:05 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics were -4 during that 3-minute Giannis break. – 4:04 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
the bucks should run that jrue-giannis side pnr until the celtics figure out how to stop it. they really don’t want to switch horford onto holiday – 3:51 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo has seven of the Bucks’ 13 points in the first five minutes. Brook Lopez has four points as well, after scoring just two points all of Game 2.
Bucks up, 13-9, with 6:41 left in the first quarter. – 3:50 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Second straight game Ime Udoka has swapped the Williamses out early in the first when Rob wasn’t executing the game plan defending Giannis. Celtics run a middle pick and pop for Grant right away, which we haven’t seen much of this year. – 3:48 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Giannis Antetokounmpo to Brook Lopez for the Bucks’ first basket today.
Williams helped and Lopez ran to the front of the rim. – 3:42 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
For Celtics today — how well do they keep shooting the 3?
For Bucks today — can Giannis beat single coverage early? – 3:27 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 3:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Bucks starters:
Brook Lopez
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Wesley Matthews
Grayson Allen
Jrue Holiday – 3:19 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Bucks – Fiserv Forum – May 7, 2022 – Game 3 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Rob Williams
Milwaukee – Jrue Holiday, Wes Matthews, Grayson Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
OUT: Boston: Hauser Milwaukee: Middleton pic.twitter.com/Gt2gNdvKrQ3:15 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Bucks going with Grayson Allen in the starting lineup over Bobby Portis, along with Holiday, Lopez, Matthews and Antetokounmpo.
#Celtics3:12 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
From my Game 3 adjustments story at @TheAthletic:
“Heading into Game 3, Budenholzer will likely have to consider the continued viability of the team’s supersized starting lineup with Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis.” theathletic.com/3294726/2022/0…3:08 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
The Bucks are going with a new starting lineup today:
Jrue Holiday
Grayson Allen
Wesley Matthews
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Brook Lopez – 3:05 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Celtics won’t admit they are star-stoppers at this point of the season, but they’ve done it all season, then Kevin Durant in the first round and now Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second round.
A look at how they’re doing it:
usatoday.com/story/sports/n…12:03 PM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Giannis’ passing during this year’s playoffs doesn’t get talked about enough. He can make all of the passes now. pic.twitter.com/Mat6Nrx6lg8:20 AM

Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
on iSpot dot TV, Thanasis Antetokounmpo is credited as “man next to Giannis” in that phone commercial; Giannis himself is credited as “athlete” ispot.tv/ad/q0cv/google…12:01 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
My league sources are telling me that Adam Silver attended the wrong game tonight and will instead be in Milwaukee tomorrow to present Giannis with his MVP award on the ABC broadcast. – 8:31 PM

More on this storyline

Giannis Antetokounmpo was aggressive all game on his way to 42 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists on 16-for-30 shooting. He powered his way forward for the Bucks and looked every bit his two-time MVP self. -via Booth Newspapers / May 7, 2022

Jared Weiss: Ime Udoka said the refs told him Marcus Smart was making a sweeping motion on the final shot foul: “You cant say that’s a sweep, he’s going into the shot. Poor call.” -via Twitter @JaredWeissNBA / May 7, 2022

John Karalis: Ime says of some of the non-calls that the explanation was that if they don’t fall down, they won’t call it. “I guess they want them to flop a little more” -via Twitter @John_Karalis / May 7, 2022