5 takeaways from Celtics-Bucks Eastern Conference semifinal Game 1

The task of guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo poses a different — if not greater — challenge for the Celtics’ top-ranked defense than did Nets All-NBA forward Kevin Durant.

Boston collected lots of roses for its lockdown of Durant in the first round, presenting a thesis on how to D up such a dangerous opponent.

Durant, however, is mainly a (lethal) jump shooter while Giannis is an 18-wheeler without brakes careening down the mountain. 

And what was the Game 1 verdict? Well, the good news for Boston is Giannis needed 25 shots for his 24 points

The bad news is Giannis is a wiser offensive player, his passing and court awareness are crisper, and that’s why his 12 assists were just as damaging,

Hey, when the two-time Kia MVP can feed assists to himself, which he kinda did by throwing it off the backboard and then dunking the “pass,” you feel helpless.

“That’s just pure talent, pure instinct,” gushed Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. 

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