The Celtics and Bucks were doing battle in the playoffs for the first time since 1987. Also for the first time it was in the first round, and game one was a good precursor for what would come in the series. The Celtics through the entire 2018 postseason always had one quarter that was a dumpster fire. In game one of this series it was the 2nd quarter which saw Boston give up a 26-4 run that put the Celtics down by 10 in with four minutes to go in the half. 12 ties in regulation, but the final fifteen seconds of the fourth quarter is what we all remember. The Bucks’ Malcolm Brogden hit a three pointer to tie the game at 96.
This was a postseason run that didn’t have Kyrie Irving, which meant that we got to see the beginning of Scary Terry. With 1.5 seconds left in regulation Rozier hit a three pointer that almost blew the roof off the TD Garden. After a Milwaukee timeout and with half a second left Khris Middleton hit nothing but net on a game tying three pointer to send the game to overtime tied at 99.
In the extra session Terry Rozier had eight points,and a relatively young Giannis Antetokounmpo had seven for Milwaukee in a back and forth five minutes. Boston closed out the game with a 9-2 run to win Game 1 113-107. For Milwaukee, the “Greek Freak” had 35 points and 13 rebounds, and Khris Middleton helped the effort with 31 points. Boston had four 20+ point scorers in Al Horford (24), Terry Rozier (23), Marcus Morris (21) and Jaylen Brown (20)
These were two young teams, for Boston this was the first postseason start for rookie Jayson Tatum and 2nd year player Jaylen Brown, as well as Terry Rozier. For the Bucks this was the start of the future with their tandem of Giannis and Khris Middleton. The two pushed the Celtics to the brink, and for Giannis this was the 8th straight 20+ point game against Boston.
The thing we’ll all remember as Celtics fans from this series was Eric Bledsoe having no idea who the (expletive) Terry Rozier was. In the point guard comparison Rozier won. Number 12, who became more known as Scary Terry thanks to Drew Bledsoe, averaged 17.8 ppg over 35.8 mpg in the series, while Eric Bledsoe had 13.5 ppg over 32.1 mpg in the series.
This was a series that saw the home team win all seven games, and a series that saw different players step up. From Rozier, to Horford, to Brown, to Tatum, to Giannis, to Middleton. This was the start of what should be a playoff rivalry with these two teams seeing each other every year, including what should have been this year. When the games start up again Milwaukee and Boston will be a game to circle, and it all started with Game 1 in 2018.