Bucks Finish Off Celtics, Advance to Conference Finals

This is how the Boston Celtics head into the offseason

What a difference a year makes.

Avenging a seven-game, first-round loss to the Celtics last season, the Bucks won four straight in the series after being stunned 122-90 at home in the best-of-seven opener. Milwaukee entered this season still feeling at least a year, maybe more, away. The Bucks shoot a massive amount of threes as well, but are every bit as good on defense, and have a level of balance that can not be matched thanks to the underrated contributions of guys like Nikola Mirotic, Pat Connaughton, and the newly returned Malcolm Brogdon.

The Celtics suffered a 116-91 defeat to the Bucks to bow out in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-1 series loss.

Boston went down without a fight.

Stevens was brutally honest following Game 5. Milwaukee is a great team, but the Celtics lack of effort made life easier for them. The Bruins open the Eastern Conference final on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Several players - including Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes - could become unrestricted free agents, while Terry Rozier will hit the restricted free-agent market.

Rose didn't cite a source regarding the other Celtics' wanting Irving gone, but his own playing experience and the drama that surrounded this team throughout the regular season make it easy to believe there are some Celtics who want Irving gone.

Boston meanwhile failed to shoot their way out of a shooting slump, with Irving having another poor performance.

That is just the start of the roster questions about a Celtics' team that all season lacked cohesion and trust, and in the playoffs that came back to embarrass them.

Hill has been an integral role player for Milwaukee in this series. The Bucks used their length to contest shots in the paint - the Bucks shot 6-of-19 in the paint for the first half - and still get into passing lanes. Later that day he beamed as he shared a moment with his father, Drederick Irving, holding a Celtics jersey with the Irving name on the back.

"I mean, truth be told, it's no time to be disappointed", Irving said.

"When the ball doesn't go in the rim, the energy of the basketball can translate into the other end as well". Between those two and Irving, you have the team's top 2 leaders in rebounding and assists as well three of the team's top 5 scorers.

It's not the first time the Celtics have found themselves in a 3-1 hole in their storied postseason history.

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