Opinion: Celtics' expectations overblown, exposed against Bucks


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down a dominant performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo that gave the Bucks a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Celtics.

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are a team with top-seed talent. 

However, they are an eight seed when it comes to chemistry and making the talented pieces work and fit together. They also are victims of injuries and bloated expectations.

It’s an example of when the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts.

Talent covered up some – but not all – of these issues during the regular season, at least enough to win 49 games and then sweep the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

But against a 60-win team featuring an MVP candidate – the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo – those issues have been exposed. 

The Bucks won Game 4, 113-101, on Monday, taking a 3-1 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

And now a team that many picked to make it to the NBA Finals probably will be taking its final trip home after Wednesday’s Game 5 in Milwaukee.

You can say the Celtics need to play harder and better – and that could be true – but that’s no…

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