Baynes, Celtics batter Bucks
ARON Baynes’ Boston Celtics are just two wins away from eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks from the NBA playoffs after dominating game two of their firstround series.
The Celtics won 120-106 in Boston yesterday to take a 2-0 lead.
Milwaukee will host games three and four and Celtics coach Brad Stevens warned his players not to relax.
“If we don’t play with an edge we will get beat by 30, so we better play with an edge, play competitive and be tough,” he said.
Queenslander Baynes did play with an edge, with four of his six rebounds on the offensive end. Baynes also had six points and two blocks.
Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led the way with 30 points and five other Boston players scored in double figures.
Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists but had little help, particularly from starting guards Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell who combined for 14 points.
It could open the way for more court time for Milwaukee’s Australian Matthew Dellavedova who, after missing 44 regular season games with knee and ankle injuries, is being eased back into the rotation.
In yesterday’s other Eastern Conference playoffs match-up the top-seeded Toronto Raptors took a 2-0 lead over the Washington Wizards with a 130-119 win.
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan matched his career post-season high with 37 points and centre Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
IT’S MINE: Boston Celtics centre Aron Baynes (46) eyes a rebound against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell in game two of their NBA playoff series. Picture: AP
ON BOARD: Mika Vukona.