Boston improved to 20-4 all-time in Game 7s at home. Joel Embiid sat out the first two games of the series with that orbital fracture but he returned in Game 3 and averaged 18.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks for the series, Ben Simmons was sensational as he averaged 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 9.0 assists, while players like JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova played quality minutes. He's not just a backup anymore. It was the second Game 7 at the TD Garden this week, with the Boston Bruins beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night to advance in the National Hockey League playoffs. Milwaukee scored 11 in a row at the beginning of the second to make it a two-point game, but Boston answered with nine in a row to make it 41-30.
Al Horford led the way with 14 of his team-high 26 points coming in the first half, as the Celtics lead the Bucks, 50-42, heading into halftime. He was dominant on defense and even played point guard at some points.
Game 1 is in Boston on Monday night.
In head coach Brad Stevens' second Game 7 as the Celtics' head coach, the C's would finish off the Bucks, 112-96, in what turned out to be one helluva opening round series.
The two also had a brief dust-up in Game 5 in which Bledsoe was called for a flagrant foul for shoving Rozier in the chest and Rozier got a technical for retaliating.
The Bucks never got within single digits after that, and the Celtics led by as many as 19. This is why you work so hard in the regular season, to put yourself with home-court advantage."When he was at Louisville, Rozier was compared to Bledsoe, who had left Kentucky a few years earlier".
The Celtics finished the game with their best shooting performance of the series with a smooth 53.6 percentage from the field.
After Game 1 of the series, Rozier inadvertently referred to Bledsoe as "Drew", as in the former New England Patriots quarterback. He then went on to claim that he didn't know who Rozier was.
But this was the first Game 7 for so many young Celtics.
"The 76ers have been special all year, the run they went on, I have been watching them because I am a big Philly guy", Morris said.
Rubio out • Utah point guard Ricky Rubio will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday against Houston because of a strained hamstring. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 53 points and Durant added 13 rebounds. He was spotted riding an exercise bicycle at the start of the second half and was later deemed available to return but did not.