Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Raptors, Celtics easily secure game-two wins

ONE DOWN 15 TO GO Terry Rozier celebrates with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown throws down a dunk during the Celtics’ 113-107 overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the playoffs yesterday at the Garden. Staff Long NBA playoff run now in store for Celtics?
Grady Vargas | 20 April, 2018, 01:32

He had 23 points in last night's 120-106 Game 2 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, staking Boston to a 2-0 series edge.

Through two games of the Bucks-Celtics Eastern Conference playoff series, Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe is averaging 12 points and four assists per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the floor.

But if Bledsoe is truly focused on helping the Bucks get out of a 2-0 series hole against Boston, he should probably learn who the Celtics starting point guard is. Marcus Morris led Boston's reserves with 18 points.

Raptors 130, Wizards 119 - At Toronto: DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Toronto beat Washington, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Instead of fighting for its coach, Milwaukee is playing like a team eager to get a jump-start on finding a new one. They started the game with Guerschon Yabusele, who got the start over Greg Monroe with the express goal of banging the Bucks star.

Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Pelicans, who host the Blazers on Thursday as the series shifts to New Orleans. It started when Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton miscommunicated, allowing Brown to get an open look from deep on the left wing, which he knocked in.

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When the Celtics went off the rails over the first 7:39 of the second quarter, succumbing to a 26-4 Milwaukee run, Larkin was pouring gas on the fire with three straight turnovers, including two bad passes and an out of bounds violation. "I know they're going to come out and make adjustments". "I think he really appreciates the opportunity to compete on this stage and on this level and we've seen him against the better teams in the league all year be able to really raise his level in some of the biggest games". But Rozier has already showed he can be trusted in any situation - even in the final moments of the game. If not, they could be in some trouble keeping the Bucks at bay.

Jaylen Brown shouldered the offensive burden in the absence of Irving, scoring 30 points in 33 minutes on court.

Game 3 is Friday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Rozier's performances in these last two games aren't an irregularity for the young point guard.

Bledsoe: I don't even know who the fuck that is. Antetokounmpo scored just two points (on 1-of-1 shooting) with two turnovers on those six plays.

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