Brad Stevens on Celtics' loss to Bucks: 'Offensively we were horrendous'

Thon Maker got extended playing time because of a back-related absence by Bucks center Jon Henson, and further exacerbated the Celtics' offensive woes by shutting down the paint with five blocks.

The 7-foot-1 Maker, in particular, provided a huge boost to help Milwaukee counter what had been a decisive edge off the bench for the Celtics.

Maker finished with a personal playoff high 14 points, including three three-pointers, five blocks and five rebounds in 24 minutes. "He wasn't always there meeting somebody, he was just continuing to stay in the play".

The 28-year-old Philadelphia native has accumulated 42 techs over the past five seasons after tallying just four across his first three years. Maker had a team high plus-minus (+23).

After the game that Middleton had on Friday night though, there should be no more confusing who is who. Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier, who were big keys to Boston winning the first two games in the series, were non-factors, shooting a combined four of 15 from the floor while finishing with seven and nine points, respectively.

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"Jabari came in, didn't try to force anything, and allowed the game to come to him", Prunty said. Bledsoe was a disaster in Game 1 and wasn't that much better in Game 2.

"I can't even speak on it, man", Morris said about technical foul, via ESPN's Chris Forsberg. "It's been the same s- all year". "We made a semi-run there in the second, but they had already set the tone for the game and were in such a rhythm offensively and I think that was due to a couple of things".

Not only earlier in the day did he get two players mixed up on who they were, he then got called out for it after the game.

"We're getting it done on the defensive end today", Maker told Fox Sports Wisconsin at the half. But I'm still passionate about the game like I said. We were both doing what we were doing, and the refs just felt like they had to take control of it.

Morris, however, did not try to pin Friday night's loss on the referees, saying the Bucks won "fair and square". The Bucks also only turned the ball over nine times after being extremely sloppy in Boston.


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