With the series now tied at 1-1, Irving knows the pressure is on him late in games to lead his squad, something he has more than enough experience with as one of the league's best playoff performers. The second-year forward averaged 19.2 points per game during the Celtics' first-round sweep of the Pacers, shooting 50 percent from the floor. It's gotten better as the year's gone on.
"To me, he's a friend", Stevens said. I suspect that could keep going lower until some sharp hits the over, but that also may not happen.
Celtics: Boston wasn't happy with how Game 2 went on Tuesday night, as it fell apart in the third quarter in a collapse that was reminiscent of its regular-season struggles. "Just ready for Game 3".
Ainge is expected to return to Boston on Thursday evening, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania, who adds the executive is walking around and feeling much better.
Before Game 2, the Celtics had a 1-0 lead on the Bucks, although that all changed on Tuesday night when the Bucks defeated the Celtics easily by a score of 123-102. They made 5 of 23 shots and missed all 10 of their 3-pointers in the quarter.
Celtics players Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart expressed a similar sentiment after practice Thursday morning. Boston will be back at home in front of a raucous crowd, and won't play quite as poorly as it did in Game 2.
Entering Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Antetokounmpo had drilled 5 of 9 attempts. That must continue over the next two games for Milwaukee to be able to take back home court.