2018 NBA playoffs live: Bucks, Celtics could both use a second star

The first round of the NBA playoffs continues today with four more Game 1s. Following along here for the latest analysis and commentary from The Post’s NBA reporter Tim Bontemps, and ask him questions in the comments section.

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Who will emerge as the Robin to their star’s Batman?

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in this series. Al Horford is the second-best. Neither of those facts are in dispute.

Where this series will likely be decided, though, is in who are the third- and fourth-best players. There are candidates on both sides: Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe for Milwaukee, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for Boston.

So far in this game, it’s a mixed bag – which is why it’s a 70-66 lead through three quarters. Middleton has been excellent for Milwaukee, scoring 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Bledsoe, on the other hand, has been awful (four points on 2-for-9, plus three assists and three turnovers). For Boston, Brown has 16 points, and Tatum has 13 – including a big three-pointer at the end of the third.

The better of those duos in the fourth quarter will likely decide this one.

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Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/04/15/2018-nba-playoffs-live-why-giannis-antetokounmpo-and-the-upstart-bucks-will-take-down-the-celtics/

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