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How the Boston Celtics adjusted in Game 2 versus the Milwaukee Bucks — “Our guys took pride and came out with the right effort”

The Celtics drained 20 3-pointers in Game 2 - their best in franchise playoff history.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III center Al Horford and guard Derrick White defend against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Boston Celtics were ready to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Boston Celtics exacted revenge and tied the series (1-1) against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Led by Jaylen Brown's 30 points and Jayson Tatum's 29 points, the C's looked night-and-day compared to how they came out in Game 1.

The Celtics blew out the Bucks (108-86) thanks to the multiple adjustments they incorporated in Game 2. Here's what the Celtics did differently on Tuesday night.

Forget the wall, guard Giannis Antetokounmpo 1-on-1

After the game, Celtics head coach Ime Uoka said Boston decided to guard Atetokounmpo 1-on-1 courtesy of Al Horford and Grant Williams. This worked well for the C's, who were able to limit the Greek Freak to just 28 points and 9 rebounds in 38 minutes.

The Bucks superstar shot just 11-27 from the field and was 5-9 from the free-throw line. It didn't help that none of Antetokounmpo's teammates scored more than 20 points, but Grant Williams' play against Giannis can't be overlooked.

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Set better screens for Tatum and Brown

Udoka alluded post-game that the team utilized screens to free up Tatum and Brown way better than they did in Game 1. This helped both players spark the offense as they combined for 11-20 from the 3-point line and 21-38 from the field. Udoka also said that Boston did a good job attacking the Bucks' defense and creating their own shots.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Celtics drained 20 3-pointers in Game 2, which is their most made threes in franchise playoff history. Milwaukee's game plan is to let the opponent launch a lot of threes, and the Celtics took advantage of it. Meanwhile, the Bucks were only limited to 3 made threes, which was their fewest in the last 15 postseasons.

Cut the rotation

Unlike in Game 1, the Celtics rolled out a shorter seven-man rotation in a must-win game. Along with Tatum, Brown, Horford, White, and Williams III, Payton Pritchard and Grant Williams were the only ones from the bench who saw minutes.

Udoka knew that both teams would get a three-day rest between Tuesday's match and Game 3, so he didn't hesitate to let his players play tough heavy minutes.

Match up with the Bucks' mindset and physicality

After game one, Tatum said that the Celtics were pissed with how they played, and they knew that they had to come out better from top-to-bottom.

True to Tatum's words, the Bucks couldn't impose their will inside the paint and dictate the game's pace. Udoka made sure to get his team in the right mindset and approach the competition with the uttermost respect.

"Our guys took pride in that tonight and came out with the right effort," Udoka said. "We felt like if we came out with the proper mindset, focus, and respect level that we'd do a good job tonight.

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