NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Celtics-Bucks square off in Game 3

May 7, 2022 at 4:26 PM EDT

Playoff basketball isn’t always the prettiest

Neither team has mustered much offensively today.

Celtics lead, 32-31, with 6:58 left in the first half, but both teams have an offensive rating in the 80s.

Bucks are 2-of-12 from 3. Celtics are 3-of-14 from 3. This is an ugly, ugly game thus far.

Eric Nehm

Staff Writer, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 4:26 PM EDT

Tatum puts Giannis in the rim

Jayson Tatum crashed into the stands on a fast break dunk when he got hammered by Giannis Antetokounmpo from behind.

Tatum held his left wrist for at least a minute on the ground, but was able to shake it off. Something to keep an eye on after he had that wrist wrapped after Game 2.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 4:15 PM EDT

George Hill makes immediate impact

Early minutes from Milwaukee’s George Hill, making his first appearance in the postseason after missing the Bucks’ first seven playoff games with an abdominal strain, highlight why coaches trust vets in the postseason even though they haven’t played much.

On his first defensive possession, Hill beat Jayson Tatum to the baseline and drew an offensive foul on Boston’s superstar. On his first offensive possession, Hill set an “excuse me” pick deep in the paint that gave Giannis Antetokounmpo an unencumbered path to the basket.

Small, subtle, winning plays that won’t show up in the box score.

David Aldridge

David Aldridge

Senior Columnist, NBA

May 7, 2022 at 4:05 PM EDT

Bucks are getting up shots

The Bucks put up 18 3s in the entirety of Game 1. It’s clearly a priority for them here in the first quarter. They led, 21-17, with 2:00 left in the first quarter and had already tried eight triples. Only two have gone in, but they seem determined to get up more 3s today.

Eric Nehm

Eric Nehm

Staff Writer, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 4:03 PM EDT

Celtics go big; Bucks up 21-15

The Celtics have Grant Williams at small forward next to Al Horford and Robert Williams. This group played 34 minutes together all regular season.

Jay King

Jay King

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 3:57 PM EDT

Wait a minute …

Jrue Holiday and Rob Williams just executed the perfect fast break. Great to see the chemistry these guys have moving the ball.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 3:50 PM EDT

Early change again for Boston

Second straight game Ime Udoka has swapped the Williamses out early in the first when Rob wasn’t executing the game plan defending Giannis. Celtics run a middle pick-and-pop for Grant right away, which we haven’t seen much of this year.

Bucks up 13-9 a little more than five minutes into the game.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 3:47 PM EDT

Matching up with Celtics

Here are the Bucks’ defensive matchups out of the gate:

  • Grayson Allen on Marcus Smart
  • Wesley Matthews on Jayson Tatum
  • Jrue Holiday on Jaylen Brown
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo on Al Horford
  • Brook Lopez on Robert Williams
Eric Nehm

Eric Nehm

Staff Writer, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 3:28 PM EDT

Questions for both sides

For Celtics today: How well do they keep shooting the 3?

For Bucks today: Can Giannis beat single coverage early?

Law Murray

Law Murray

Staff Writer, Clippers

May 7, 2022 at 3:08 PM EDT

New lineup for Milwaukee

The Bucks are going with a new starting lineup today: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez.

Since Khris Middleton sprained his left MCL, the Bucks have used a starting lineup with three big men. Now Bobby Portis has been moved back to a role off the bench for Allen. In the second half Tuesday, the Bucks used Allen in dribble-handoffs and pick-and-rolls with Antetokounmpo, and that allowed the Bucks to break the Celtics down off the dribble, something they struggled to do in the first half with the three bigs in their starting lineup. Allen will get tested consistently on the defensive end of the floor.

Eric Nehm

Eric Nehm

Staff Writer, Bucks

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May 7, 2022 at 2:28 PM EDT

Celtics-Bucks film breakdown

Amid all the playoff adjustments, sometimes the simplest ones go unnoticed. As much as the Celtics changed before Tuesday night’s Game 2, one of the major improvements they harped on was setting better screens.

Jay King

Jay King

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 2:03 PM EDT

Marcus Smart is a go

Marcus Smart will start today and will not have any limitations, according to Celtics coach Ime Udoka.

Jay King

Jay King

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 7, 2022 at 1:52 PM EDT

A boost for Bucks’ bench

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer tells reporters they expect George Hill to play today. He was listed as probable last night on Milwaukee’s injury report.

Eric Nehm

Eric Nehm

Staff Writer, Bucks

May 7, 2022 at 1:38 PM EDT

Today’s office

David Aldridge

David Aldridge

Senior Columnist, NBA

May 7, 2022 at 11:49 AM EDT

Lineup decisions

A notable quote from Steve Kerr when asked about the Steph Curry / Jordan Poole / Klay Thompson / Andrew Wiggins / Draymond Green small lineup against Memphis.

“It’s a lineup we can absolutely play and absolutely can have success. But it’s not a 25-minute (per game) lineup.”

That would indicate Kerr may keep Poole coming off the bench despite Gary Payton II’s absence.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 7, 2022 at 11:32 AM EDT

Portis pumped

The Bucks’ big man is ready for Game 3.

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