The Boston Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night at the Boston Garden for their first home game of the season. This will be the Bucks first game of the year so we do not have a current body of work to judge them by. It seems like every year they are fighting for the 7th or 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
They have a pair of dynamic guards in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Scoring is not a problem for these guys. The problem, however, is their defensive play. When you think of a standout defender, neither guy comes to mind. Jennings and Ellis both don’t play much defense and it is clearly an area that is setting the team back.
The Bucks acquired Ellis last season in a blockbuster trade with the Golden State Warriors that sent Andrew Bogut to Oakland. I was not a fan of the trade at the time, even with Bogut’s injury issues. The Bucks needed a better-rounded player at the two guard position to offset Jennings’s main strength, which is primarily scoring. They are both very similar but I am not an NBA executive in the Bucks front office, so let’s stick to what we currently have.
Rajon Rondo should have a field day tomorrow night. He shouldn’t have any issues getting to wherever he wants on the court. The Celtics should put up a lot of points and seem to have a pretty good chance at picking up a relatively easy win; however nothing ever seems to play out how we usually think, as the Bucks could very well come out firing and making it a competitive game. Either way, the Celtics should be excited to play in front of their home crowd and use their positive energy to help will them to their first win of the season.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18