The Boston Celtics had a rough weekend.
They had high hopes heading into the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Remember, the Celtics were on a roll and were actually the only team in the playoffs to not lose a single game in the first round.
Yet, the reality of their competition became clear on Sunday afternoon.
The Celtics made just 10 2-pointers in their Game 1 loss against the Bucks.
That is the 2nd-fewest in any playoff game all-time (9, 2017 Rockets against Spurs)
It is also the fewest made 2-pointers in any game in Celtics history (reg. season or playoffs). pic.twitter.com/iKgdBtBOMe
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 2, 2022
The Celtics were taken down by the Bucks, 101-89, in Game 1.
There was a lot to be surprised – and disappointed – about regarding Boston’s performance but one of the most surprising facts was how few two-pointers they shot.
The Celtics made just 10 two-pointers in Game 1.
That is the second-fewest in any playoff game ever, behind the nine that the Houston Rockets had in 2017.
It is also the fewest made two-pointers in any game in Celtics history in both the regular and postseason.
Boston will be focusing on this lack of two-pointers in Game 2, right?
Boston Vs The Bucks
If the Celtics hope to win this series, they will need to look at Game 1 and really examine where things went wrong.
They need to adjust to Milwaukee’s powerful defense, the all-around dangers of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the impressive bench that is waiting to come on the floor and cause trouble.
They will also need to try their hardest to make every point count – and that means easing up on the three-pointers and focusing more on regular two-pointers.
The Celtics attempted 50 three-pointers in Game 1, while the Bucks only tried for 34 of them.
Instead of hoping for big shots like that, the Celtics need to chisel away at any Bucks’ lead with two-pointers.
As Sunday afternoon proved, the fewer two-pointers for Boston, the smaller their chances.