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Friday, November 1st
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) at Boston Celtics (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Stevens will try to get his first NBA coaching
victory Friday when his new-look Boston Celtics stage their home-opener
against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The C's fell in Toronto to the Raptors, 93-87. A disastrous second quarter saw
the Celtics surrender 28 points and only manage 11 of their own. But Boston
rallied, taking the third quarter by 12 until the Raptors were too much in the
"I walk out of here, certainly disappointed because you're in a close game and
you have a chance, but I walk out of here with some positives to build on,"
said Stevens, who left Butler to take over the rebuilding Celtics. "I think
we're going to get better handling the ball, we're going to get better
rebounding and we're going to get better in keeping people in front of us, and
we fought back and competed."
Boston committed 22 turnovers and got creamed on the boards to the tune of
Jeff Green led the way for the men in green with 25 points. Brandon Bass added
17 and Brazilian rookie Vitor Faverani netted 13 points as the starting
Avery Bradley had eight points and four assists before fouling out as he
replaces Rajon Rondo, who is out after a torn ACL last season.
Wednesday's game was the first without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The two
were traded to Brooklyn in the offseason.
The Bucks fell 25 behind the New York Knicks at the half Wednesday night at
Madison Square Garden, but actually took the lead with 3:13 left in the game.
The Knicks went on a 10-2 surge to end the game and win, 90-83.
"My message to the guys at the halftime was I didn't care about whether we
won or lost the game, I cared about us playing the way I know we're capable of
playing," said new Bucks head coach Larry Drew.
Six Bucks scored in double figures, led by Gary Neal's 16. Neal signed with
Milwaukee as a free agent in the offseason. Caron Butler (14), O.J. Mayo (13),
Zaza Pachulia (13) and Ersan Ilyasova (10) also managed double-digit scoring
Brandon Knight, the centerpiece of Milwaukee's offseason trade of Brandon
Jennings, played two minutes, then strained his hamstring and didn't return.
His availability for Friday is unknown and with backup point guard Luke
Ridnour on the shelf with injury, starting duties could fall to second-round
pick Nate Wolters.
Larry Sanders, who signed a contract extension this summer after a dynamic
2012-13, only played 12 minutes and went scoreless.
The Bucks took three of four from the Celtics last season, including both in
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