His next step is to lead the Bucks to a victory in a playoff series.
Perhaps most impressively, Horford more than held his own down low against imposing Bucks' star Giannis Antetokounmpo. And Morris went onto nail the and-one to put the Celtics up 29-17 heading into the second quarter.
The C's offensive woes continued throughout the quarter, as they'd go finish a miserable 4-for-20 from the field. You've got to get back into it. For comparison, the Celtics only had 15 turnovers.
Case in point: A short while after draining a 3-pointer to beat the 24-second clock when all other options had been exhausted, Horford again found himself holding the bag out on the perimeter.
The Celtics regained the lead following a 7-2 run less than three minutes into the third to give themselves a 51-49 lead. In the extra session, Milwaukee took their last lead with three minutes to play at 105-104: they were outscored 9-2 the rest of the way. Jabari Parker logged just 15 minutes and finished with two points, while Thon Maker and Shabazz Muhammad didn't even take the floor. If she clears us to be able to start a little bit earlier, then we might.
Morris then knocked down a wicked filthy step-back jumper to put the C's up, 91-87, with 1:45 left.
With 25 seconds left, the Bucks would close to within one, 94-93, before Horford would extend the Celtics lead to three on the free throw line.
Leading up to that, the Celtics had a 10-point advantage, before Malcolm Brogdon connected ona triple with 10 seconds remaining to tie it up at 96-96.More news: Uber Launches New App For Its Drivers
The arena thought it was the game-winner until Bucks' Middleton took matters into his own hands, sinking a three of his own with less than a second left in regulation to tie the game.
What happened next was simply unbelievable.
Milwaukee simply didn't get enough help to carry the load for Middleton and Antetokounmpo. He has his moments because of the way we're being defended where he gets to be more of a featured scorer, too.
James had won 21 first-round playoff games in a row until the rout, having never before lost the opener in a first-round National Basketball Association postseason series. Veteran Al Horford led the team with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum had 19 and 10.
LeBron James' 21-game winning streak in Round 1 ends today as the Cavaliers lose their first game in the NBA Playoffs 2018.
Five Celtics scored more than 19 points, with Morris being one of them, as he dropped 21 off the bench for the C's.
Slumped in his chair at the podium following an exhausting loss to the Celtics, Giannis Antetokounmpo was inevitably going to be asked about the controversial sixth foul that ended his afternoon and the Bucks' chances in Game 1. Middleton had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Antetokounmpo has now scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games against the Celtics. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 107 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 41.5 percent shooting.