The Boston Celtics had a tough weekend.
They had high hopes heading into the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Remember, the Celtics were on a roll and were actually the only playoff team not to lose a single game in the first round.
However, the reality of their competition became clearer on Sunday afternoon.
The Celtics made just 10 2-pointers in their Game 1 loss to the Bucks.
This is the 2nd fewest playoff games ever (9, 2017 Rockets vs. Spurs)
It’s also the fewest 2 points made in any game in Celtics history (regular season or playoffs). pic.twitter.com/iKgdBtBOMe
— ESPN Stats and Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 2, 2022
The Celtics were beaten by the Bucks, 101-89, in Game 1.
There were plenty of reasons to be surprised — and disappointed — with Boston’s performance, but one of the most surprising facts was how few two-point shots they fired.
The Celtics made just 10 two-pointers in Game 1.
That’s the second-fewest playoff games of all time, behind the nine the Houston Rockets had in 2017.
It’s also the fewest two-pointers scored in any game in Celtics history, both regular season and playoffs.
Boston will focus on that two-point miss in Game 2, right?
Boston against the dollars
If the Celtics hope to win this series, they will have to watch Game 1 and really examine where things went wrong.
They have to adapt to Milwaukee’s powerful defense, the versatile dangers of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the impressive bench waiting to come on the floor and cause trouble.
They will also have to do their best to make every point count – and that means loosening up the three-pointers and focusing more on the regular two-pointers.
The Celtics attempted 50 three-pointers in Game 1, while the Bucks attempted just 34.
Instead of hoping for big hits like that, the Celtics need to chisel any Bucks’ lead with two points.
As proved Sunday afternoon, the fewer two points Boston has, the smaller their chances.