Celtics season ends with a thud thanks to Game 5 rout

Nick Friar
May 08, 2019 - 10:38 pm

Looks like that switch the Celtics flipped when the playoffs started was a little faulty.

With the exception of Marcus Morris (14 points and 11 rebounds) and a few hustle plays from the laboring Marcus Smart, this team may have had its worst showing in all of 2018-19 against the Bucks in the 116-91 Game 5 loss. The Celtics had themselves another miserable shooting night, especially from three. But Boston continued to jack up the long ball, even after going 4-for-23 in the first half, finishing 7-for-39 from three.

Worst of all was Kyrie Irving, who’s next movie role may be as a member of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Skywalker. He went 6-for-21 from the floor and 1-for-7 from deep.

As much as it’s easy to claim the Celtics gave up in this one, both the eye test and the numbers show that was the case. There was little to no discipline on the offensive end. They still couldn’t take advantage of the Bucks’ so-so shooting early in the game. Not that Milwaukee’s poor shooting was a result of tough defense from the Celtics. The Bucks still shot 40.9 percent from the floor at the half and finished with 42.9 field goal percentage on the night. Not to mention the possession in the closing two minutes of the third quarter where the Celtics let up four offensive rebounds, followed by a loose ball foul from Al Horford.

All around, the loss felt similar to those where the Celtics drama was at its height this season — though this one was over at tipoff.

The Bucks, on the other hand, were exactly what everyone thought the Boston Celtics would be to start the year. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 20 points, while six of his teammates finished in double figures, as well.

Up next for the Celtics: possibly the messiest free agent season the franchise has been a part of.