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Bucks open playoff series against Celtics Sunday

16 April 2018, 04:39 | Anna Jefferson

James Harden and the Houston Rockets had win streaks of 17 14 and 11 games during the 2017-18 regular season

James Harden and the Houston Rockets had win streaks of 17 14 and 11 games during the 2017-18 regular season

This is an extremely scary thought for the Celtics and for the entire Eastern Conference.

It turned out it wasn't.

With the National Basketball Association season coming to a close and the final playoff seedings set, the Boston Celtics finally know their opponents, the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks will face the Boston Celtics in the first of a best-of-seven-games series this Sunday afternoon in Boston.

The Celtics-Bucks game went to overtime Sunday with a pair of fantastic shots in the final two seconds.

The two teams split the season series 2-2 this year, with their most recent game coming on April 3 in a Bucks 106-102 victory.

"It's going well. I'm trying to stay in shape".

This time around, we have a number of players who will be playing a postseason game for the first time in their lives.

Boston (55-27) started the season as well as they could have imagined, particularly given the dramatic injury to Gordon Hayward in the first quarter of the season.

The Bucks shooting guard threw up a deep triple as time expired, draining a miraculous buzzer beater to send it to OT.

"They both have the ability to bounce back from those stretches", Stevens said of Tatum and Brown.

"I know the IN game when I first hurt it, it felt like there was a knot IN the ball", Smart said. "We were clogging the 3-point line".

"The coaches did a great job getting our mind off it and getting us to continue to play".

It's a good thing, too, because Milwaukee will be taking the court with a generational talent of its own in sensational 23-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averaged 26.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for the 44-38 Bucks. Tip from TD Garden is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Bucks: Antetokounmpo has now scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games against the Celtics.

An acrobatic, spinning layup by Tatum gave Boston a 108-105 lead in overtime.

Check it out. The ball just got off his fingertips. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is dishing four assists. The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a 35-footer to force OT.

The ability to move past mistakes is important, but so is the presence of a veteran like Horford to take control when mental mistakes strike. "Here at home, you don't want to get into a hole early".

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