Give the Boston Celtics credit: They went to Milwaukee determined to assert themselves, and they produced a balanced attack that saw five players reach double figures. One of those players was none other than Jeff Green, who, for the second straight night, proved to be a factor in the game. Green hit a huge three to tie the game at 85 late in the fourth, and then came up with a huge rebound and passed to Paul Pierce for another huge three to take an 88-85 lead.
A big stop followed. And just like that, the Celtics had the ball with just over a minute to play. In control. Or at least you’d think. A questionable offensive foul by Kevin Garnett and a Bucks dunk cut the lead to one, 88-87. A timeout, and Doc diagrams the play – he’s one of the best at getting a score out of a timeout, but not the case on this night. Milwaukee rebounded the miss. Timeout. Marquis Daniels hits Brandon Jennings for three.
Jason Terry then finds the ball in his hands with the game on the line. He takes a three and misses. Foul on the Celtics. One free throw makes it a three point lead. The second free throw draws iron and the Celtics have one more chance to win the game.
One more chance, with eleven seconds remaining.
One more chance to make an impressive 17-0 start to the game hold up.
A Pierce three misses.
A Terry three misses.
And just like that, the 17-0 lead that the Celtics built to start the game evaporated, and just like that the questions start all over again.
Not an easy game to get over. Not when the next game doesn’t come until Wednesday night.