4 takeaways from the Bucks' Game 3 shellacking of the Celtics

Toronto Raptors guard De Mar DeRozan looks down in the closing seconds of a loss to the Washington Wizards on April 22.
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On Friday, after Boston's Game 3 drubbing at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, Morris picked up another technical, standing under the basket waiting for a free throw.

Trailing 2-0, the Milwaukee Bucks needed to win Game 3 to turn the series around.

Khris Middleton scored 23 and Giannis Antetokoounmpo had 19 to lead the Bucks. The Celtics were led by Al Horford with 16.

However, point guard Eric Bledsoe, who has scored just 21 total points on 9-for-25 shooting and is averaging three turnovers in the current series, will need to be a little more productive if the Bucks are going to pull back Boston. The fiery Bucks set the tone and maintained their palpably high-level of intensity throughout the game.

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Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third for the Jets. The old Jets franchise, now the Arizona Coyotes, last advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 1987.

Parker has voiced his displeasure with his lack of playing time and role with the team since returning in February, and the organization has fired back, resulting in the star forward playing just 14 minutes in game one followed by a measly 10 minutes in game two. Bucks fans were so excited about Saturday's performance they broke out into a "Bucks in 6" chant late in the game. We've been hearing about "Own the Future" and "The Future is here" for a while now from the Bucks marketing department. The Celtics posted a monster 113.2 offensive rating in the first two games in Boston, but they were due for a down game given their injury situation. But the Celtics allowed the Bucks to shoot at least 57 percent for a second straight game. He poured in 14 points and spaced the floor by hitting three of his four 3-point attempts.

Add it all up and it was a rare recent victory for Washington, which had lost seven of eight games dating to the regular season. Sure they can, this team has all the talent to win a playoff series and make a run. Defense was a strong suit of the team, as the Bucks blocked 13 Celtics shots. Dellavedova, hobbled by tendinitis and an ankle sprain, played in only 38 games and dipped from 7.6 points per game in 2016-17 to 4.3 this season. Antetokounmpo's numbers were down by his standards, but he still recorded 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Thon Maker had 14 points and 5 blocks off the bench. The tables turned, however, in Game 3. If Milwaukee wins, I believe it will come down to the final possession. He had 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with four assists and four rebounds while turning the ball over only once. At guard, Malcolm Brogdon is getting the start over Tony Snell.

Colorful comments made by Rozier and Bledsoe earlier in the series fueled speculation that there might be a budding feud between the point guards. Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier, who were big keys to Boston winning the first two games in the series, were non-factors, shooting a combined four of 15 from the floor while finishing with seven and nine points, respectively.

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