Celtics-Bucks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 10, 2012
The Milwaukee Bucks are off to their best start in seven years, and they got things going with a rare victory over the Boston Celtics last week. The Bucks will try to keep rolling by winning back-to-back meetings with the Celtics for the first time in 5 1/2 years Saturday night. Milwaukee (3-1) hasn't started this well since winning four of its first five in 2005-06. Brandon Jennings helped get this season off to an impressive start Nov. 2, scoring 21 points with 13 assists in a 99-88 win at Boston (2-3). The Bucks had lost six straight and 14 of the previous 17 matchups. Milwaukee last won back-to-back meetings with Boston from April 4-13, 2007. Jennings is averaging 18.5 points while hitting 8 of 19 3-pointers in four games against the Celtics at the Bradley Center. Fellow guard Monta Ellis had 14 points against Boston last week and is averaging 23.1 over his last eight meetings. Ellis spurred Friday's 101-91 win at winless Washington by scoring 22 points and adding five assists and five rebounds. Jennings had 12 points and seven assists before being ejected after shoving the Wizards' Bradley Beal following a flagrant foul on Ellis. "I was just trying to protect my teammate," Jennings said. "I didn't think I was going to get kicked out for it." The Bucks will surely need Jennings on the court as they continue a stretch of three games in four days. After hosting Boston, they'll visit Philadelphia on Monday. The Celtics can sympathize with Milwaukee, as they visit the Bradley Center for the second game of the same stretch. They'll end it at Chicago on Monday. Boston will be trying to rebound from Friday's 106-100 home defeat to Philadelphia, two days after beating Washington 100-94 in overtime to sweep a home-and-home set. The Celtics gave up 26 fast-break points to the 76ers. "If we can do a better job of getting back on defense, limit the easy opportunities, we give ourselves a better chance," forward Paul Pierce said. "Guys on the perimeter have to get back." Despite their slow start after losing in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals last season, the Celtics know it takes time for a team with many new players to jell. "I'm very patient," Pierce said. "I understand it's a process. We're only five games in. We're still building." Still, Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett remain the key offensive threats. Pierce leads the team with 20.0 points per game after scoring 24 against Philadelphia, while Garnett is averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds over the past four games. Rondo is averaging 15.6 points and a league-leading 14.0 assists, dishing out a season-high 20 on Friday. He had 11 assists and 14 points against Milwaukee last week, while Pierce and Garnett combined to score 26 with 10 boards. Jason Terry has totaled 29 points while hitting 12 of 22 shots from the field - 4 of 9 from beyond the arc - over the past two games for Boston.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker