In-form Dellavedova sparks Bucks revival
THON Maker was spectacular with ferocious blocks and hitting threepointers and Matthew Dellavedova was at his defensive best as the Milwaukee Bucks demolished the Boston Celtics 116-92 in game three of their NBA playoff series.
The Bucks entered Friday’s game in Milwaukee down 0-2 in the best-ofseven series and Maker and Dellavedova had seen scant court time in the two losses. Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty tossed Dellavedova into the game in the third minute of the first quarter with the Bucks down 5-6.
The Victorian point guard aggressively went after the Celtics’ guards Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier and the Bucks went on a 22-6 run.
Maker, the 21-year-old 216cm tall physical freak, came on with four min- utes left in the first quarter. He pulled off four spectacular blocks in his first four minutes. The Celtics never recovered.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens, unprompted at his post-game media conference, pointed to the Australians’ impact. “I thought when Delly and Maker came in their energy was contagious,” Stevens said.
Prunty agreed. “I think a lot of guys brought energy but they definitely brought it when they entered the game.”
Thon Maker battles with Al Horford.