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Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks Celtics have ‘opportunity to win one’


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“At the end of the day, when someone beats you, you have to respect them.”

Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Bucks-Celtics game seven. Barry Chin/Personal Globe

The Celtics collectively separated the Bucks to win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals 109-81 on Sunday. Grant Williams led Boston with 27 points.

Eastern Conference Finals kick off Tuesday in Miami with Celtics-Heat at 8:30 p.m.

The Red Sox lost to the Rangers on Sunday, 7-1.

Also on Sunday, the Revolution tied Atlanta FC 2-2 thanks to a pair of goals from Adam Buksa.

Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Celtics: With the Celtics’ victory in Game 7 at TD Garden on Sunday, the defending champion Bucks were officially eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, speaking to reporters after the game, wouldn’t reveal exactly what he said to Jayson Tatum on the court after the game, but did note that he thought Boston could win a championship.

“It hurts not to win, but at the end of the day the way my mum and dad raised me, I’m a good human being, I have to wish them the best moving forward,” he said. explained Antetokounmpo. “I think he played very well to win the series, and I wish him the best of luck as he continues to play well and hopefully his team wins a championship.

“They’re a great team,” he added. “They have great chemistry and they have the opportunity to win one.”

Although Milwaukee missed the presence of Khris Middleton (who was injured the entire series), Antetokounmpo said he “enjoyed” the competitiveness of the series.

“Both teams were physical,” he said. “Both teams played excellent defence. Both teams wanted to win. None of the teams gave up. It was hard. It was not easy. I liked that. Ultimately, when someone beats you, you have to respect them.

Anecdotes: In the 2013 NBA Draft, the Celtics picked a spot behind the Bucks (who picked Antetokounmpo). Boston made their choice and immediately traded him to the Mavericks for the player who was picked 13th overall. Name this player.

(Answer below).

Hint: He’s from Toronto.

More on boston.com:

Jayson Tatum’s press conference after Game 7: It also includes a cameo from his son, Deuce.

Matt Turner helped the Revolution earn a point on the road with stops like this:

On this day: In 1954, Ted Williams—playing his first two games of the season after recovering from a broken collarbone—combined 8-9 in a doubleheader. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, the day ended in two losses against the Tigers.

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daily highlight: Penguins winger Jake Guentzel kicked the puck before applying the finish in Game 7 on Sunday, though the Rangers ultimately emerged victorious.

Quiz Answer: Kelly Olynyk



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