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In the last game of the season, already booked for the playoffs, did anyone really expect to see the Celtics‘ Big Three play? Well they didn’t and you can add Kendrick Perkins to the list of DNPs as well. So with the backups and Rajon Rondo in the game, the Celtics ended up losing 106-95 to the Milwaukee Bucks, who are also on their way to the playoffs.
The Celtics ended up finishing the season at a mere 50-32, far off from the 72+ wins Rasheed Wallace said the team was capable of. The Bucks ended the season with a record of 46-36, while finishing much better than their 34-48 record from last year.
Rondo was the lone regular starter to actually suit up and play, and was easily the best player on the court for Boston. He finished the game with 21 points (7-of-14 shooting), 15 assists, six rebounds, and a steal.
Also helping out the Celtics were Marquis Daniels with 13 points (6-of-9 shooting), and Shelden Williams and Nate Robinson, who each with 12 points off the bench. Although Robinson did have 12 points, he struggled shooting the ball as he went 4-for-13 for the game and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.
The Celtics were unable to get help from Glen Davis on the floor because he was rarely on the floor. Davis ended up fouling out of the game, leaving with only eight points and three rebounds.
The Bucks were without two of the team’s best players in Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd. Redd is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery. Bogut is also out for the year as he underwent surgery on his broken right hand a little over a week ago. Since both players have been out, the Bucks have played very well and are looked upon as a possible dark-horse in the playoffs.
Milwaukee was led by veteran Jerry Stackhouse and Luke Ridnour, as both came off the bench to score 17 points apiece. Dan Gadzuric also added 14 points of his own while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Ridnour led the team in assists with eight.
The Bucks out-scored the Celtics in every quarter. After keeping the game close in the first half, the Celtics trailed the Bucks 55-50. Milwaukee then out-scored the C’s 33-28 in the third to take a ten-point lead into the final quarter. Neither team was able to generate much offense in the fourth quarter, as the Bucks scored 18 points and the Celtics had only 17.
The Celtics will begin their quest for banner No. 18 when they take on the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. The Bucks will take on the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.