From Jaylen Brown’s ankle breaker to him and Jayson Tatum closing out the first quarter in style, a prime example of Boston’s vastly improved ball movement in Game 2, Tatum’s steal and slam and Brown slashing their way through way to 30 points, here are the top five plays from Game 2 between the Celtics and Bucks.
Jaylen Brown invites Grayson Allen to her floor seat
By this point, Brown had already torched the Bucks for ten points on 3/4 shooting. Grayson Allen comes in to keep it well above the three-point line, but he makes a conscious effort not to get too close, given Brown’s ability to get past him.
Brown rolls Allen back with ease, then passes several times in a dribble between the legs. The second time he does, when Allen flips his hips, he’s off balance with his right knee bent, left leg straight, and feet close together. As Brown leads, Allen brings his right foot behind the left.
In desperation, he attempts the flight, but even if Brown doesn’t make contact with his arm, Allen would likely have ended up on the ground. And as he rises from his seat on the court, he watches Brown bury the open sweater.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum end the first quarter in style
After Jrue Holiday converted on a pair of free throws, the Bucks went to their press. But Brown gets rid of Wesley Matthews, forcing Antetokounmpo to help. Holiday zone two but pulls away to Al Horford, and he doesn’t follow Jayson Tatum, who cuts in from the right corner. Brown serves him a flat and Tatum scores two with 2.2 seconds on the clock, giving Boston a 32-21 lead early in the second quarter.
Boston’s beautiful ball movement leads to undisputed layup
The Celtics made a point of making the extra pass for most of the night, and this game was no different. It starts with Brown rejecting a Tatum screen. Derrick White clears from the left wing, cutting to the hoop. White and Brown make eye contact as the latter drives, prompting the latter to stay close to the edge rather than running towards the right corner. Brown sends him a pass just past the paint.
Rather than force the problem through the trees, he sends the ball to Horford, who passes it to Brown on the left wing. Brown doesn’t even have to sell a fake move for Patt Connaughton to fly past him. Brown then attacks from the dribble and gives it to White in the opposite corner. White then tosses the ball to Tatum, who blows through the Connaughton fence and throws a no-look dart at Horford for an uncontested layup as the shot clock runs out.
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Jayson Tatum steals and slams
Allen’s pass is behind Antetokounmpo, who, with two Celtics close to him, doesn’t line the ball up cleanly. He hesitates, then tries to throw it at Holiday. But Tatum drives past, breaks up the pass, tracks down the ball and finishes with a two-handed jam.
Jaylen Brown turns his way to 30 points
Payton Pritchard’s three are wide, but no one takes Brown out, and sure enough, the ball goes his way. Brown steps in, grabs the rebound before Connaughton can reach him, passes Holiday, shields Antetokounmpo and kisses the ball off the glass with his left hand.
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