2. Defensive rebounding.
The Bucks have actually played excellent defense this series, showing what a more relaxed style can do. Unfortunately, they have struggled mightily to finish the possessions with a defensive rebound and bring the ball up their half of the court.
Boston is outrebounding Milwaukee 44.5 to 39.8 and holds a significant edge in the offensive rebounding department.
In Game 6, the Bucks dominated the boards, outrebounding the Celtics by 11 and holding them to only six offensive rebounds-their lowest of the series. That needs to continue and Milwaukee needs to stay disciplined to their team rebounding concept.
Parker was a huge catalyst in that, grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with Antetokounmpo’s 14, Middleton’s five, Malcolm Brogdon’s six and Maker’s seven. Without the physical presence in the middle, that’s the type of team effort it will take once again.