Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks has been reignited over the last few seasons.  From regular season, to the playoffs, and now the FIBA World Cup, what’s next for these two teams?

By raising 17 championship banners, the Boston Celtics are the most decorated franchise in NBA history.  Over the years, the franchise has been on top of the NBA world, as well as being at the bottom of the barrel.  From the days of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell, to Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, the history of the Boston Celtics runs deep.

When a team is continuously successful, everybody tends to resent that winning team.  For example, everyone “hates” the New England Patriots because they’re the best all around football team in the NFL, as they have advanced to the AFC Championship thirteen times since 2001.  By doing so, you create rivalries with other teams and fan bases.

Some of the rivalries created over the years include the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Miami Heat.  The crazy thing about the historic rivalries is that there is a chance for these to spark some flames, yet again.

Al Horford, who was beloved by Celtics fans, even after some saucy games when he was on the Atlanta Hawks, joined forces with a hated Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid by signing with the 76ers this summer.  The historic rivalry of the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers needs no introduction.  The Lakers acquired Lebron James, who was the focal between the two teams when he was in Cleveland and Miami.

After the last few seasons, I’ve been thinking of who are some of the teams that the Celtics seem to have some heated moments with.  A few came to mind, but none more recent than the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Celtics and Bucks have a history with each other, dating back to the early 70’s.  That’s back when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was playing and Tommy Heinsohn was coaching.

The two teams would go back and forth in the conference finals in: 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987.  The Bucks swept the Celtics in the second round in 1983.  But, in ’84, ’86, and ’87, the Celtics won the series, advancing to the finals.  For the last two seasons, the Boston Celtics’ playoff path leads them to the Milwaukee Bucks.

In the last couple seasons, there have been some pretty intense moments between the two teams.  Scary Terry Rozier and Eric [Drew] Bledsoe simply don’t like one another.  I had the pleasure of being at the game where the TD Garden was screaming “DREW BLEDSOE” and definitely a few other vulgar things that I joined in with the crowd on.

Jaylen Brown, one of the most athletic players in the NBA, has shocked many by being able to dunk on Giannis.  Well they should believe it because he has done it at least three times.  There was also a heated exchange between the two players during the 2019 FIBA World Cup; which I’m positive will roll over into the regular season.

People don’t want to admit it, but Giannis is a bit of a hot-head when things aren’t going his way.  He becomes conceded and even says things like “there isn’t one guy that can stop me on the court.”  We’ve heard things like this before from some of the top talent in the league (i.e. Lebron James).

Although Terry Rozier isn’t on the Celtics anymore, Kemba Walker will be a great addition to this chapter of the Celtics vs. Bucks rivalry.  Walker has only been to the playoffs twice in his eight year career.  He is eager to be part of a team that has the talent to go deep in the playoffs.  The addition of Walker truly makes the Celtics a more competitive team in the NBA.

The Celtics and Bucks have had some intense moments during the regular season.  I’m wondering if the time playing for Team USA changes the rivalry a bit.  Kris Middleton, teammate of Giannis on the Bucks, teamed up with Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown this summer during the FIBA World Cup.

When Team USA played Greece just a few weeks ago, there was a heated exchange between Jaylen Brown and Giannis Antetokounmpo, after the brother of Giannis, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, committed a hard foul on Harrison Barnes of Team USA.  While Brown was defending his teammate in the moments after the play, Giannis had something to say to Brown after the game.

The exchange had to of put Kris Middleton in an awkward position, as he is sort of teammates with both of these guys at this point.  Unsure of what Giannis said to Brown, it’s clear from the photo that Middleton didn’t like what Giannis was saying and pushed him away from the pile-up.

It appears that Middleton, the Milwaukee Buck, was on the side of Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtic.  Middleton was once hated by Celtics fans, but I think it’s time for people to realize that Middleton is a great shooter and he plays for the Bucks.

As we head towards the start of the 2019 season, both teams have some new pieces to add to the mix.  Last season is over and doesn’t matter anymore.  As the teams meet in the regular season, and hopefully once again in the playoffs, it’ll be great to see where this rivalry goes.

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My name is Justin, I'm from Rhode Island, and I'm a HUGE New England sports fan. Sports are important part of my life, which works out well seeing as I follow the greatest sports city in the country!

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