Red Sox’s Bullpen Putting Up Dominant Numbers Over Last Four Games

The Red Sox bullpen was one of the questions surrounding Boston heading into the 2019 Major League Baseball season, but they’ve been able to keep their team in games of late.
The relievers have been dominant, especially over the last four games when the Sox went 2-2. But despite some struggles Boston has faced this year, the bullpen seems to be a point of optimism.
To see the numbers of the bullpen over the last four games, check out the video above from “Red Sox Gameday Live,” presented by DCU.

Michael Chavis Making Big Impact At Plate For Red Sox In Last Six Games

Michael Chavis hasn’t been around very long, but he’s certainly making his presence known.
The Boston Red Sox infielder scorched a double off Tampa Bay Rays’ Jose Alvarado for his first big-league, before going deep both on the road and at Fenway Park.
Chavis has been loving every minute he’s been in Boston, and judging by his numbers over his last six games, the team and fans should be just as pleased.
To check out Chavis’ numbers, check out the video above from “Red Sox First Pitch,” presented by Men’s Wearhouse.

Is Dustin Pedroia On His Last Shot? Alex Cora Doesn’t See It That Way

It’s been a long wait for Dustin Pedroia to get back to his old self, and it’s fair to wonder if that day will ever come.
Since the start of the 2018 season, the Boston Red Sox second baseman has played in a combined nine games, with periodic stints on the injured list due to his knee keeping him out of action.
After playing in six games earlier this April, Pedroia went back on the IL, and now is set to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland. Pedroia recently indicated that he won’t have any regrets if he no longer is able to play, but his manager doesn’t think the 35-year-old is at the end of the road.
During his weekly interview on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” Alex Cora gave an update on Pedroia.
“Honestly he’s in a good place mentally. Physically he feels a lot better,” Cora said. “He’s hitting batting practice, moving around, running. We’ll see Thursday, from Thursday on. I don’t know if this is the last shot or the last try, I don’t see it that way. I think he understands a little bit more about what he needs to do with the brace and the spikes and everything that is going on. One thing for sure, and we talk about it, this is where he’s at. He wants to be an everyday player. And he’ll go down there and he’ll get his repetitions and he’ll play back-to-back-to-back-to-back games and the off day and all of that.
“Well, it depends, it all depends on how he feels,” Cora said when asked if Pedroia might have a lengthier rehab assignment than normal. “But he understands that when he comes here, it’s hard to maneuver a roster when he’s only available for two and an off day and then other guys are banged up. That’s the nature of 162, we can map it out perfectly that we’ve got Brock (Holt) and we’ve got (Eduardo) Nunez and we’ve got Pedroia. … But all of the sudden Nunez, his back hurts. All of the sudden Brock is on the IL. So that’s the nature of the season, and it’s not perfect. We can script it for 162, it doesn’t work that way. So he understands, not only for him, but also for the team.”
Getting Pedroia back will, if nothing else, likely provide a jolt to the Red Sox. And if he can get back to the form he provided for many years, it will provide an on-field boost to a team desperately searching for some consistency.

Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Chasing This Record Set By Danny Ainge

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. perhaps is among the biggest prospects to make their Major League debut over the last decade.
Guerrero’s name and skill set have him on the fast track to super stardom as he has taken the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball by storm since he was called up last week. And the hype surrounding him has been generating for years as he tore his way through the minor leagues.
The Blue Jays hope that in Guerrero Jr. they have a franchise cornerstone that will ring in a new era of baseball north of the border, wining some awards and breaking club records in the process.
And the first record Guerrero Jr. is tasked with is becoming the youngest Blue Jay to hit his first career home run.
The current record holder — Danny Ainge. Yes, that Danny Ainge.

At 20 years, 45 days old, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can become the youngest #LetsGoBlueJays player to hit his 1st career HR. Danny Ainge holds the franchise record (20 years, 77 days).
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) April 30, 2019

Guerrero has 32 days to eclipse Ainge’s mark, so it’s likely the 60-year-old will lose claim to the record he’s held since 1979. Ainge was a 15th round selection by the Blue Jays in 1977, and his first home run might be his biggest claim to fame in baseball. He hit two home runs in ’79 as a rookie, batting .237 over 308 at-bats. Those are the only two home runs the infielder would hit.
Ainge left baseball after the 1981 season, entering in the NBA draft, where the Celtics took him in the second round to kick start a 15-year playing career in the Association.
We think he ended up in the right place.

Stephen A. Smith Fires Back At NBA Legend’s Claim About Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant

Isiah Thomas doesn’t think Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would fit together as teammates.
Stephen A. Smith wholeheartedly disagrees.
Thomas explained Tuesday on ESPN’s “Get Up!” why he believes Irving and Durant would struggle to coexist on the court if they signed with the same team in free agency this offseason. Smith wasted little time in firing back at the NBA legend, pointing to the superstars’ unselfishness as proof they’d thrive.
“Kevin Durant isn’t a fit with Kyrie Irving? I’ve got news for you: In my opinion, Kevin Durant is a fit with anybody. Why? Because he’s one of the most efficient offensive superstars we have ever seen,” Smith said. “What was his problem in Oklahoma City even though he was a No. 1 option? He was willing to defer. He goes to Golden State. Why did he fit in so perfectly? Because he knows when to step it up. He doesn’t mind deferring.”

Irving and Durant are two of the most talented players in the NBA, but Thomas, a Hall-of-Fame point guard, has doubts about how well they’d mesh because each thrives with the basketball in his hands.
Smith clearly doesn’t have those concerns.
“I see a guy in Kyrie — a pupil of yours to some degree, Isiah Thomas — who you have talked about has grown, has matured. He’s still a superstar talent. He can score from anywhere. He’s that special, particularly finishing at the basket. He can close the deal, etc., etc.,” Smith said. “If Kyrie has those kinds of talents, and he’s listening to the Isiah Thomas’ of the world and the maturation process has kicked in, and you combine that with the fact that Kevin Durant is unselfish, can be deferential, is efficient, all the same, and can average 25 to 30 (points per game) in his sleep because he’s a career 27-point-per-game scorer, I don’t understand how anybody, including the great, two-time champion, Hall of Famer, all-time 50th greatest player, the greatest small guard in the history of basketball — I don’t understand for the life of me how Isiah Thomas can sit up there and say that Kevin Durant would not be a right pair with Kyrie Irving or anybody considering the level of efficiency and unselfishness he displays.”
It’s hard to imagine any team turning down the opportunity to have both Irving and Durant, even if there is some question as to what the offense would look like with them sharing the basketball.
After all, Irving and Durant are good friends, and them leaving their current situations with the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, respectively, would represent a new challenge that they’d need to fully embrace in order to achieve championship success together.

Terry Rozier Calls On Celtics To Land Fatal Blow Vs. Bucks In Game 2

The Boston Celtics aren’t about to clinch their second-round NBA playoffs series against the Milwaukee Bucks, but Terry Rozier wants them to do the next best thing.
The Celtics point guard explained to NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely on Tuesday afternoon why the team feels it’s so important to win Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The teams will face off Tuesday night at Fiserv Forum, and the Celtics can extend their series lead to 2-0 with another road victory.
Rozier believes doing so effectively would kill the Bucks’ chances of winning the series.
“I feel like it’s important to steal the first two games on the road,” Rozier told NBC Sports Boston. “I feel like you can kind of take their heart with that.”
Having blown out the Bucks by 22 points in Game 1, the Celtics are expecting Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to stamp his authority on Game 2 and for the Milwaukee crowd to raise its game.
Games 3 and 4 will take place at TD Garden, where the Celtics split two games against the Bucks during the 2018-19 regular season but won all four meetings last season during their first-round series.
Should Boston win Game 2, Rozier should expect to meet a disheartened foe in the TD Garden games.

NFL Rumors: Patriots Hosting Free-Agent Offensive Tackle On Visit

The New England Patriots added five offensive linemen, including two offensive tackles, over the weekend in the 2019 NFL Draft and through undrafted free agent signings. They might not be done adding big bodies up front, however.
The Patriots hosted veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on a visit Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. Veldheer, 31, has spent time with the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos since being selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Hillsdale College.
Veldheer has starting experience at both left and right tackle. He started 12 games at right tackle last season for the Broncos.
Patriots 2019 third-round pick Yodny Cajuste currently is New England’s top projected backup behind left tackle Isaiah Wynn and right tackle Marcus Cannon. The Patriots otherwise have projects at offensive tackle in former tight end Cedrick Lang, CFL product Ryker Mathews, 6-foot-10 Dan Skipper and rookie Tyree St. Louis.
A veteran offensive tackle remains one of the Patriots’ biggest needs.
Veldheer, who’s 6-foot-8, 321 pounds, could compete with Wynn for a starting job if signed. Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick, tore his Achilles last preseason and has no NFL experience.

NFL Draft Talk: Day 3 Rounds 4 Through 7 Review

The final day of the 2019 NFL draft is over. And with that teams scrambled to get whatever talent fell out of the final rounds. With the end of the draft period, teams will assemble their 90 man rosters in time for training camp in preparation for the pre-season. 
Start of Round 4
103. Arizona Cardinals – Hakeem Butler, WR (Iowa State)
104. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Finley, QB (NC State)
105. New Orleans Saints – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S (Florida) 
106. Oakland Raiders – Maxx Crosby, DE (Eastern Michigan)
107. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Anthony Nelson, DE (Iowa)
108. New York Giants – Julian Love, CB (Notre Dame)
109. Indianapolis Colts – Khari Willis, S (Michigan St.)
110. San Francisco 49ers – Mitch Wishnowsky, P (Utah)
111. Atlanta Falcons – Kendall Sheffield, CB (Ohio St.)
112: Washington Redskins – Bryce Love, RB (Stanford)
113. Baltimore Ravens – Justice Hill, RB (Oklahoma St.)
114. Minnesota Vikings – Dru Samia, G (Oklahoma)
115. Carolina Panthers – Christian Miller, OLB (Alabama)
116. Tennessee Titans – Amani Hooker, S (Iowa)
117. Detroit Lions – Austin Bryant, DE (Clemson)
118. New England Patriots – Hjalte Froholdt, G (Arkansas)
119. Cleveland Browns – Sheldrick Redwine, S (Miami)
120. Seattle Seahawks – Gary Jennings Jr., WR (West Virginia)
121. West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco by the Jets
122. Pittsburgh Steelers – Benny Snell Jr., RB (Kentucky)
123. Baltimore Ravens – Ben Powers, G (Oklahoma)
124. Seattle Seahawks – Phil Haynes, G (Wake Forest)
125. Cincinnati Bengals – Renell Wren, DT (Arizona St.)
126. Chicago Bears – Riley Ridley, WR (Georgia)
127. Baltimore Ravens – Iman Marshall, CB (Southern Cal)
128. Dallas Cowboys – Tony Pollard, RB (Memphis)
129. Oakland Raiders – Isaiah Johnson, CB (Houston) 
130. Los Anageles Chargers – Drue Tranquill, ILB (Notre Dame)
131. Washington Redskins – Wes Martin, G (Indiana)
132. Seattle Seahawks – Ugochukwu Amadi, S (Oregon)
133. New England Patriots – Jarrett Stidham, QB (Auburn)
134. Los Angeles Rams – Greg Gaines, DT (Washington)
135: Atlanta Falcons – John Cominsky, DE (Charleston)
136: Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Jordan, C (Ohio St.)
137: Oakland Raiders – Foster Moreau, TE (LSU)
138: Philadelphia Eagles – Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller, DE (Penn St.)

Patriots Add More Depth
The Patriots select Arkansas C/G Hjalte Froholdt with their initial fourth-round selection (No. 118). He is 6-foot-4 5/8 and 306 pounds. Played under current Patriots assistant Bret Bielema, so probably some excellent intel for New England staff. Team captain in 2018.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 27, 2019
With the newest addition of Arkansas offensive lineman, Hjalte Forholdt, the Patriots boost their interior offensive line. This likely to add further competition with G Ted Karras. Additionally, the AFC East have added alot of Defensive tackles in the first round: Quinnen Williams (New York), Ed Oliver (Buffalo) and Christian Wilkins (Miami). The Patriots weren’t going to find that kind of talent at the bottom of the draft, let alone the first round. So the propriety is to commit to enforcing the interior of the offense. (especially since G Joe Thuney‘s contract will be up in 2020.) 
In addition, they added another QB, in Auburn’s prospect, Jarrett Stidham. He is a die hard fan of Tom Brady and has shown great respect for the Patriots long-time signal caller. However, knowing this and his physical attributes make him an interesting long-term project. He had very little help from Auburn’s rather elementary style offense so it will take some time before he has any significant playing time. Expect him to fill a 3rd stringer or practice squad. 

Round 5
139. Arizona Cardinals – Deionte Thompson, S (Alabama)
140. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ryquell Armstead, RB (Temple)
141. Pittsburgh Steelers – Zach Gentry, TE (Michigan)
142. Seattle Seahawks – Ben Burr-Kirven, ILB (Washington)
143. New York Giants – Ryan Connelly, ILB (Wisconsin)
144. Indianapolis Colts – Marvell Tell III, S (USC)
145. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Matt Gay, K (Utah)
146. Detroit Lions – Amani Oruwariye, CB (Penn St.) 
147. Buffalo Bills – Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph by the Bills
148. San Francisco 49ers – Dre Greenlaw, LB (Arkansas)
149. Oakland Raiders – Hunter Renfrow, WR (Clemson)
150. Green Bay Packers – Kingsley Keke, DT (Texas A&M)
151. Miami Dolphins – Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Wisconsin)
152. Atlanta Falcons – Qadree Ollison, RB (Pittsburgh)
153. Washington Redskins – Ross Pierschbacher, IOL (Alabama)
154. Carolina Panthers – Jordan Scarlett, RB (Florida)
155. Cleveland Browns – Mack Wilson, ILB (Alabama)
156. Denver Broncos – Justin Hollins, EDGE (Oregon)
157. New York Jets – Blake Cashman, LB (Minnesota) 
158. Dallas Cowboys – Michael Jackson, CB (Miami) 
159. New England Patriots – Byron Cowart, DT (Maryland)
160. Baltimore Ravens – Daylon Mack, DT (Texas A&M)
161. Houston Texans – Charles Omenihu, DE (Texas)
162. Minnesota Vikings – Cameron Smith, ILB (USC)
163. New England Patriots – Jake Bailey, P (Stanford) 
164. Indianapolis Colts – EJ Speed, ILB (Tarleton St.)
165. Dallas Cowboys – Joe Jackson, DE (Miami)
166. Los Angeles Chargers – Easton Stick, QB (North Dakota St.)
167. Philadelphia Eagles – Clayton Thorson, QB (Northwestern)
168.. Tennessee Titans – D’Andre Walker, OLB (Georgia)
169. Los Angeles Rams –  David Edwards, OL (Wisconsin)
170. Cleveland Browns – Austin Seibert, K (Oklahoma)
171. New York Giants – Darius Slaton, WR (Auburn)
172. Atlanta Falcons – Jordan Miller, CB (Washington)
173. Washington Redskins – Cole Holcomb, LB (North Carolina)

Competition Is Always Good
The Patriots have selected right-footed Stanford punter Jake Bailey with their other fifth-round pick, No. 163. Incumbent Ryan Allen just re-signed to a one-year deal. Bailey could also help with kickoffs, if desired.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 27, 2019
Belichick always wants to bring in players whom have unique backgrounds. In the case of Maryland’s Bryron Cowert, that is quite an understatement. Cowert was the former #1 overall recruit in the nation in 2015, signing with Auburn before ultimately transferring to Maryland. Cowert is as raw as it gets. He played multiple positions in Maryland but his physical attributes are undeniable. He could be a diamond in the rough if he develops properly in the coming months.
However, if Belichick is known for loving one thing: It’s special teams. The Pats signed punter Ryan Allen, to a one year deal this of-season. And now signing a fresh new punter out of Stanford, it’s likely going to be a competition now. He was Mel Kiper’s highest graded punter in this year’s draft class. As of now, he is right-footed which is the opposite of Ryan Allen. It should be interesting to see if Belichick will keep the cheaper and younger option to maintain the salary cap. 
(The Patriots didn’t have a sixth round draft pick this year. Therefore, the sixth round will be excluded)
Round 7
217. Minnesota Vikings – Kris Boyd, CB (Texas) 
218. Dallas Cowboys – Mike Weber, RB (Ohio St.)
219. Pittsburgh Steelers –  Derwin Gray, OL (Maryland)
220. Houston Texans – Cullen Gillaspia, FB (Texas A&M)
221. Cleveland Browns – Donnie Lewis Jr. CB (Tulane)
222. Chicago Bears – Kerrith Whyte Jr., RB (Florida Atlantic)
223. Cincinnati Bengals – Jordan Browd, CB (South Dakota St.)
224. Detriot Lions – Isaac Nauta, TE (Georgia)
225. Buffalo Bills – Darryl Johnson Jr., LB ( North Carolina A&T) 
226. Green Bay Packer – Ty Summers, ILB (TCU) 
227. Washington Redskins – Jimmy Moreland, CB (James Madison)
228. Buffalo Bills – Tommy Sweeney, TE (Boston College)
229. Detriot Lions – PJ Johnson, DT (Arizona)
230. Oakland Raiders – Quinton Bell, DE (Prairie View A&M)
231. New Orleans Saints – Alize Mack, TE (Notre Dame)
232. New York Giants – George Asafo-Adjei, OL (Kentucky)
233. Miami Dolphins – Chandler Cox, FB (Auburn)
234. Miami Dolphins – Myles Gaskin, RB (Washington)
235. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dontavius Russell, DT (Auburn) 
236. Seattle Seahawks – John Ursua, WR (Hawaii)
237. Carolina Panthers – Terry Godwin, WR (Georgia)
238. Chicago Bears – Stephen Denmark, Cb (Valdosta St.)
239. Minnesota Vikings – Dillon Mitchell, WR (Oregon)
240. Indianapolis Colts – Jackson Barton, OT (Utah)
241. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Jelks, DE (Oregon)
242. Los Angeles Chargers – Cortez Broughton, DT (Cincinnati)
243. Los Angeles Rams – Nick Scott, S (Penn St.)
244. New Orleans Saints – Kaden Elliss, LB (Idaho)
245. New York Giants – Chris Slayton, DT (Syracuse)
246. Indianapolis Colts – Javon Patterson, OL (Ole Miss) 
247. Minnesota Vikings – Olabisi Johnson, WR (Colorado St.)
248. Arizona Cardinals – Joshua Miles, OL (Morgan St.)
249. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Dogbe, DE (Temple)
250. Minnsota Vikings – Austin Cutting, LS (Air Force)
251. Los Angeles Rams – Dakota Allen, LB (Texas Tech)
252. New England Patriots – Ken Webster, CB (Ole Miss)
253. Washington Redskins – Jordan Brailford, DE (Oklahoma St.)
Mr. Irrelevant. Arizona Cardinals – Caleb Wilson, TE (UCLA)

Betting On A Wild Card
Patriots select Mississippi CB Ken Webster with their lone seventh-round pick, No. 252 overall. Webster is 5-foot-10 7/8 and 203 pounds. He ran a 4.43 in the 40. Webster joins a stacked CB depth chart, with his hopes for a roster spot likely tied to special teams initially.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 27, 2019
The Patriots ended with their final selection on Ole Miss cornerback, Ken Webster. Many analysts were shocked that the Patriots didn’t take a TE in the draft. Especially with how many visits they had pre-draft. But it’s likely they were only high on both Iowa tight ends T.J Hockenson and Noah Fant. So it’s possible they didn’t want to overreach for any other prospects.
However, Webster adds some great special teams potential in a  loaded secondary. But he also projects as sort of boom-or-bust potential player too. Webster was fantastic during his sophomore season in 2016 but a knee injury really hurt his overall performance for the next two seasons.
It will be interesting if he makes the final cut but it will depend on how much the injury still effects his performance going into training camp.  
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Revolution Injury Report: Prepare For Some More Emergency Defense Against Union

Revolution Injury Report: Prepare For Some More Emergency Defense Against Union With Two Red Card Suspensions And Injuries Amongst Revs Defenders

New England’s backline is in poor shape and there is no way to spin it. 
The Revs have had an injury filled defensive group with players like Edgar Castillo, Andrew Farrell, Michael Mancienne, and Antonio Delamea being injured at times through parts of the first quarter of the MLS season.
In addition to the injuries the red card suspensions have also piled up a bit, Mancienne served a one-gamer a few weeks ago and now this Saturday it will be Brandon Bye and Jalil Anibaba both serving a red card suspension.  
At the moment it is Delamea and Mancienne who are the injured back-liners and on Tuesday Head Coach Brad Friedel provided an update on the pair. 
“It’s a real, real shame. Michael [Mancienne] has plantar fasciitis and sometimes it just flares up to unbearable pain,” said Friedel.” He tried to get through two games, but I’m sure if you watch the game you can see him hobbling even a little bit against Montreal towards the end of the game. With Toni [Antonio Delamea], he had a little bit of a knee issue and he came through that, and then he was unlucky and suffered a mild concussion last week in training. Hopefully Toni comes through all the tests and he can be available for the weekend, and Michael will be day-to-day, and again, hopefully he can come through and be available for the weekend, as well.”
The Options Are There, But Limited If Injured Delamea Or Mancienne Are Unable To Go
In terms of how the Revolution plan on replacing Bye and Anibaba the hope for either Delamea or Mancienne to return is there, but either way Friedel feels like they have the depth to piece something together. 
“Listen, that’s what a squad is for. Sometimes you have to and you will come together at the times that you probably least likely think that you will. If we have to bit-piece a back four, we will do, but one thing’s for sure – whoever is out on that field, they’re going to give 100 percent effort.” said Friedel. 
There will likely be a Luis Caicedo option which isn’t out of the question, in addition if New England wants they could recall Zachery Herivaux who has limited experience at the center back position. 
Either way it appears that players like Castillo and Farrell will need to step up. 
“This is my seventh season, so there’s been times when I’ve had to step in and do certain things that aren’t as comfortable as others, but I think we’ve got a team of guys who are willing to do that.”said Farrell. 
Expect to see some more emergency defense on tap for Saturday against the Union. 
This doesn't look super-exciting, but I was playing with "last defender" defensive actions and noticed #NERevs have two defenders with 3 and 2 of these already. For context, in 2018 Michael Parkhurst led the league with 4. The Revs have 7 total. In 2018, the team high was 10.— JMoore Quakes (@JmooreQuakes) April 29, 2019
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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Thinks Giannis Antetokounmpo Will Show Up In Game 2

After the Celtics handed the Bucks a devastating 22-point loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series Sunday, many began wondering if Boston’s victory signaled the end one of Milwaukee’s most successful seasons to date.
But the C’s aren’t underestimating their opponent heading into the second game of the series. In fact, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he expects plenty more out of Antetokounmpo in Game 2.
“Giannis can have 40 (points) on any given night and be guarded with the exact same intensity, the exact same focus and everything else because he’s that good,” he said, according to’s Josue Pavon. “We’re guarding him with everybody, not just one guy. But certainly, Al (Horford) and Baynes will get the majority of that assignment, but he’s a hard guy to guard. You have to be ready for him to go 3-for-5 from 3 and throw in a couple of those drives that are really hard for the normal human being to make.”
Stevens also noted just how skilled the Bucks can be on the other end of the court compared to other opponents.
“Our first two playoff opponents are not good defensives, they’re elite defenses,” Stevens said. “Indiana did not get enough credit for that in our series — how good they were. How disciplined they were, how tough they were, how physical they were. From a preparation standpoint, getting ready to play this series after playing such a great, great defense, we know that Milwaukee’s the same. Milwaukee’s length, their system, their toughness, they’re hard to score on early in the clock. They’re very disciplined, they sometimes make you take shots you don’t want to take.”
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will get the chance to redeem themselves Tuesday when they tip-off against the Celtics at 8 p.m. ET.