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NBA Playoffs 2019: If Giannis’ recent 3-point surge is for real, that’s trouble for the Celtics and anyone else in his way

With just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Game 2, with the Milwaukee Bucks in the midst of a 28-2 run that would ultimately put the Boston Celtics away for good, Giannis Antetokounmpo caught a pass along the left sideline, took one rhythm dribble, and casually stepped into a 25-foot 3-pointer without a second thought.

Giannis did a lot of great things in Milwaukee’s bounce-back 123-102 win over Boston to ties the series 1-1. He found a way to get into transition more and was aggressive attacking cracks in the Boston walls that stoned him so often in Game 1. It was still tough sledding in a lot of ways. He only made seven field goals but forced himself to the line 18 times to bulldoze his way to 29 points and 10 boards. He made a few nice plays drawing defenders and finding shooters, and those shooters came through — Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe, who shot a combined 7 for 22 in Game 1, combined for 59 points on 13 of 23 from 3.

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