Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are totally the other way around compared to what they showed during the preseason games.
After a debut loss against the Cavs, they are now down 0-2 after their defeat against Milwaukee Bucks.
Celtics is slowly but surely falling into a pit underneath their feet. With Kyrie Irving on their team, the offensive power of the team has improved dramatically with a point guard that effectively penetrates through any sort of defense.
The question is, is there something wrong with the Boston Celtics gameplay? Or is it just their opponent being much stronger than them?
Last game, against Cleveland, Celtics were down double digits from the first to third but then snatched the momentum back to their side in the 4th, and just fell one step short in bagging the victory, it was just a matter of time on why they lost. They already are in the rhythm but the buzzer already horned when it’s the Cavs who made a run.
But now, with their defeat against Milwaukee Bucks, what just happened? A single player, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points alone which is evidently the main reason for their defeat. Giannis completely achieved dominance on the floor and absolutely destroyed his main mark Jayson Tatum with only 8 points though they both played 37 minutes.
There is nothing wrong with the Celtics offensively, given that they are an offensive team due to Kyrie’s presence and style of play but playing with teams who have weapons that can match their offensive powers, the stakes of Boston losing the game is high, because they cannot stop their opponent but it is not that they are also unstoppable. Interior defense and control on the boards shall be a major concern of the Boston Celtics.
A great offense will never win against a great defense. Stops are much more effective than pushing hard. Their offensive play is enough but they are very vulnerable to internal attacks.