You have permission to fear the deer.
The Milwaukee Bucks are heading to the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals after dispatching the Boston Celtics in five games. The C's were utterly overmatched and without a clue in this series, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. dictating terms on both ends of the court in rampant fashion.
Tonight's clinching Game 5, in which the hometown Bucks trailed for literally 10 seconds, simply said it all-- Milwaukee spread the love and had seven players score in double figures, while the hapless Celtics were an absolute mess, shooting a dreadful, teeth-gnashing 31% from the floor with their season in the balance. In the end, the final score read 116-91, but often didn't even feel as close as that.
And with such a smashing run to the conference finals to their credit, the Bucks are officially the team to beat in the run for the NBA title.
Yes, even up against he Warriors, who have never looked more beatable in the Kevin Durant era.
What a response from Milwaukee. Took the Game 1 punch, and immediately adapted and just demolished the preseason No.1 team in four straight. I thought they were in real trouble and they just CRUSHED ‘EM— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 9, 2019
Golden State has its hands full with the Houston Rockets, a team that is decidedly low on real star power and must rely on an absolute barrage of three-pointers successfully falling in order to beat the opposition. The Bucks shoot a massive amount of threes as well, but are every bit as good on defense, and have a level of balance that cannot be matched thanks to the underrated contributions of guys like Nikola Mirotic, Pat Connaughton, and the newly returned Malcolm Brogdon.
These guys are scary. And they're only beginning to understand just what they might be capable of.