The Boston Celtics lost their 2017-2018 home opener to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, 108-100. The losing effort was a clear indication of both how much the Celtics will miss Gordon Hayward and just how good the Bucks really are.
Here are five takeaways from Wednesday night’s game:
- The Celtics were dead tired after Tuesday’s season opener against the Cavs. They just didn’t look like the same team and I’m shocked the NBA allowed them to play on back-to-back nights — especially against two excellent teams. The team didn’t have the spark it had Tuesday night and at times looked lost on the floor.
- Terry Rozier may play his way into the starting five. Rozier put up great all around numbers — 15 points, six assists and seven rebounds — coming off the bench. The Celts will need him to continue to play that way for the rest of the season. We think he’s capable of it.
- After the game, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he wasn’t prepared to play so many guys off the bench. Daniel Theis, Aron Baynes, Abdel Nader and Semi Ojeyele all saw meaningful minutes. However, with Hayward out for the season and Marcus Morris out for at least another week or two, the Celtics rotation and depth is frighteningly light.
- Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo is an absolute dominant force. “The Freak” put up 37 points and 13 rebounds and may just end up being season MVP.
- As a team, the Bucks will challenge most teams in the Eastern Conference and should finish in the top five in the playoff standings.
The Celtics will take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night in Philly at 7 PM.