BOSTON -- The Milwaukee Bucks regained home-court advantage in their playoff battle against the Boston Celtics with a decisive Game 3 victory Friday night, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
Milwaukee got huge performances from bench players like George Hill and Pat Connaughton, who scored a combined 35 points off the bench. But it was Giannis Antetokounmpo's 22 free throw attempts throughout the night that drew the ire of Celtics star Kyrie Irving after the game.
"Guy comes down almost six times in a row, gets free throws. What are you really going to do?" Irving said in a post-game news conference. "He shot 22 on the game. I mean, it's getting ridiculous at this point. It's just slowing the f---ing game down."
(Warning for this video clip - the profanity is uncensored)
After Game 3 loss to Bucks, Celtics' Kyrie Irving on Giannis Antetokounmpo's free throw attempts: "He shot 22 on the game. It's getting ridiculous at this point. It's slowing the f---ing game down." pic.twitter.com/GMvCYjRBTx— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 4, 2019
Despite Kyrie's complaints, a quick look at the box score indicates the Celtics only took four fewer shots from the charity stripe than Milwaukee did - and Boston actually hit a higher percentage of those shots (94% to the Bucks' 67%).
Irving and the rest of the Celtics will have at least one more home game to try to right the ship. A Boston win in Game 4 Monday would tie the series and force a Game 6 - which would also be hosted in their TD Garden.