2022 NBA Playoffs Live Updates: Bucks and Warriors look to take control in Game 2

It’s Sunday morning and Ime Udoka is standing. His team is yet to lose a playoff game and a once-lost offense has barely hit a speed bump in the past three months. So when he took to the podium before Game 1 of the second-round playoff series between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, Udoka claimed that part of the mismatch hunt that brought down the Brooklyn Nets could be found against a top-tier defense led by the Bucks. .

“We think we have favorable matchups in some of their guys as well,” Udoka said. “Obviously (Jrue) Holiday is a top defender, (Wesley) Matthews too. But some of their others, we can do some of the same things.

The others range from guards like Grayson Allen to greats like Bobby Portis, players who do some things well on defense but aren’t complete like some of their teammates. But Game 1 proved there was a difference between facing guys like Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin and the kind of long, athletic, big wings the Bucks put on the floor.

“Hopefully what he sees as a weakness that we can shore up and hopefully we have less of that than most teams,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But that’s the challenge of keeping this Boston team, the way they play and (Jayson) Tatum is a great player. That’s why we’re going to play and see what happens.

What happened was that these weaknesses were reinforced to the point where it seemed there were none. Boston never found the openings it wanted more than a few times before it was gone. The Bucks have put the Celtics on their feet so much that they’ve rarely been able to look into what’s working.

So how did the Bucks pull it off and how can the Celtics solve this defense?

Helen L. Cuellar