In-form Dellave­dova sparks Bucks re­vival

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

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.

Dellave­dova.

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