Boston vs Milwaukee Live: The Boston and Milwaukee collide on Friday in a battle between arguably the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Eastern Conference showdown between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks is undoubtedly a headline of Friday’s NBA schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.
GAME: NBA 2020
When: July 31,
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The Bucks entered the bubble as the best team in the NBA and need a couple of wins to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference. On the other side, the third-seeded Celtics hope hey can challenge the Raptors for the No. 2 seed in the East.
The Boston Celtics finally get to play the next game on their 2019-20 regular schedule before the COVID-19 hiatus shut down the entire NBA in early March, but with the 22 teams participating in the resumed season in the Disney ‘bubble,’ it isn’t always clear how to see the games.
For that, we’re here to help. For those of us still in southern New England with cable providers wise enough to carry NBC Sports Boston, you’ll be able to see all the games in the bubble via that channel of your cable package.
ESPN is also airing the contest, and future games will be available from TNT, and NBA TV on a game-by-game basis.
When and where: July 31, 2020, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL, 6:30 PM ET
A playoff feeling will be in the atmosphere in Friday’s Eastern Conference tilt between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. This head-to-head meeting will be an opportunity for two of the top-three teams in the conference to bury the notion that the next NBA champion will come out of the west. It’s also a chance for Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum to elevate his name into the elite category when matching up with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo.All eyes will be on Kemba Walker in Friday’s game against the Bucks.
The perennial All-Star guard has been limited with a nagging knee injury, and it could reportedly cut into his minutes on the floor. It isn’t exactly the news Celtics fans were hoping to hear given the long break and limited scrimmage time.
“Yeah, it’s been frustrating,” Walker told reporters on Thursday, via NBA Sports Boston. “I’ve been going through this pretty much most of the season, even before this bubble stuff. So, it’s been something that’s been nagging for a little bit now. Unfortunately it’s still bothering me even after I’ve put in a lot of work and did the necessary things to try to get it right.”
The Celtics will need Walker if they have any hope of competing for an NBA championship. One of the teams they’ll have to get past to even get there will be the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo is constantly pushing LeBron James for the mantle of the best player in the world, and he currently has the Bucks sitting at the top of the league in scoring offense.
However, if anyone can slow them down, it would be a Celtics team that ranks fourth in the league in defensive efficiency. The Bucks’ answer to everything is “The Greek Freak,” but the Celtics could rule that out by introducing him to “The Problem,” Jayson Tatum.
This might finally be the time when Tatum elevates his game to the elite ranks. The 22-year-old forward is averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists for an underrated offense that also features Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward.NBA legend Charles Barkley is concerned the Milwaukee Bucks might have a Kevin Durant situation on their hands with Antetokounmpo.
Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors after the team repeatedly failed to get over the hump and win an NBA Championship. The Bucks finally made it to the Conference Finals last season after getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs in back-to-back years. Yet, they fell in defeat in a 4-2 series loss to the Toronto Raptors.
“That concerns me—that we’ll have another Kevin Durant situation, and we really don’t want that,” said Barkley on ESPN’s Get Up. “I think it would be great for basketball if the Bucks won because Giannis is such a great kid, and Milwaukee is one of the most underrated cities in the NBA. …Like last year, I thought it was great that Toronto won a championship. It was great for the NBA, and I think it’ll be great if Milwaukee won it this year.”Antetokounmpo joining the Warriors is the sort of nightmare that keeps NBA executives up at night. You can stick a fork in the competition if that ever happened.
Of course, the Bucks could convince their star player he doesn’t have to leave Milwaukee to win a ring, and they can start by re-opening the season with a win over the Celtics. Guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton have both already been ruled out for Friday’s game.
Bledsoe is the second-leader in assists and the third-best scorer for the Bucks. So his absence leaves a pretty big hole for the team to fill. That likely means more minutes for the defensive-savvy veteran George Hill. Defense will be key in these neutral site games without a live crowd to fire up an offense. Hill is more than capable of impacting the game.
But Khris Middleton and others will have to step up on offense to make up for the 15.4 points per game Bledsoe was averaging. There’s also the other option: Giving Antetokounmpo the ball and getting out of the way.