The Boston Celtics entered the season surrounded by optimism and doubt.
Teams in the East were jockeying to get on Boston's side of the playoff bracket because the Celtics are so banged up - no Kyrie Irving, no Gordon Hayward, no Marcus Smart, no Daniel Theis.
"We'll have to guard him with everybody on our team", he said. "If we do that, we'll be a tough team to guard". Hayward, but like I said, it's not over. They still have to go through us.
"The way I look at it, we're not going up against him - we're going up against the Bucks", he said.
With Irving out, the Celtics will look to key their offense with third-year guard Terry Rozier. Doubt, because 11 of the 15 players on the roster played elsewhere last season.
"I got to control the game, basically just filling what a point guard is supposed to do - filling Kyrie's shoes as much as I can", he said. "Do what I can to give this team and boost and put us in position to win". But consistent defense has been a problem. The Celtics can not get complacent, but must push as if they were the underdog. However, the Bucks are undisciplined and make mental mistakes all the time.
The Bucks are the only team in the postseason with an interim coach, and Joe Prunty will have to prove himself against coaching wizard Brad Stevens. The two teams split their four matchups this season.
Giannis will have help this year in the form of a new back court featuring a healthy Jabari Parker and newcomer Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe played well down the stretch, when his 3-point shooting picked up.
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