Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

New Bucks gear released for Eastern Conference Finals

New Bucks gear released for Eastern Conference Finals

The top-seeded Bucks now advance to the Eastern finals, where they will have the home-court advantage over the victor of the other Eastern semifinal between Toronto and Philadelphia.

Let the record show that Kyrie Irving physically checked out of the Celtics' season-ending loss to the superior Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with 8 minutes and 40 seconds remaining and his team trailing, 91-68.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, leading six other Bucks players in double figures in their fourth straight win after dropping the series opener.

Having been sidelined with a foot injury since the Bucks' March 15 road win over the Miami Heat, Malcolm Brogdon is expected to return to action for what Milwaukee will hope is the final act of their second round series. But he was benched after 15 games in which he averaged 10.1 points on 39.9% shooting from the field.

One of the big reasons Boston has been unable to keep up with Milwaukee since Game 1 is that Kyrie Irving has been laying bricks.

An early flameout underscored the Celtics failing to jell as a title contender all season after taking the Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals a year ago. They'll go up against the victor of the Raptors/Sixers series. From Games 2 through 5, the veteran point guard converted on just 25-of-85 field-goal attempts (30.1 percent) and 7-of-32 shooting from 3-point range (21.8 percent). Milwaukee now has the most 20-point wins (five) through the first nine games of the playoffs in National Basketball Association history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game that Brogdon would be on a minutes restriction.

"They played like they wanted it", Irving said. Several players - including Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes - could become unrestricted free agents, while Terry Rozier will hit the restricted free-agent market. "You take your lessons, you take your a- whooping they handed us, and you move on", Irving said post-game".

"Which makes me believe we are going to make a deep playoff run", he said. The polar opposite of the team that made the conference finals a season ago.

Colin Cowherd reacts to this game admitting he was wrong about the Boston Celtics all along.

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