At opening tip Friday night, TD Garden in Boston was rocking. The beloved Celtics were back in town, ready to avenge Tuesday's blowout loss to Miami and stomp Milwaukee at home.
Those cheers quickly turned to boos and then dead silence as Garden emptied when a Brandon Jennings runner put the Bucks up 22 points with just under four minutes left in the game.
With all the cards stacked against them, the Bucks put forth one of their best efforts in recent memory in their first game of the season. They were the aggressors. They set the tone. And when the veteran Celtics came charging back, once in the third quarter and again in the fourth, the Bucks showed poise and answered right back, never losing control.
The final score read 99-88, but the game wasn't nearly that close. Milwaukee went into one of the toughest buildings in the NBA and stomped a team considered to be one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee has opened on the road in every season in the 2000s. ...