“Obviously, I know when I have it going,” Tatum said. “You feel that rhythm.”
No one is counting out Milwaukee, of course. The Bucks are the defending champions, and Antetokounmpo is capable of intergalactic feats. But without the floor-spacing presence of Khris Middleton, an All-Star forward who has been sidelined with a sprained left knee, Antetokounmpo has had to do even more Antetokounmpo things than usual.
He clearly needs more help from his teammates on Sunday, especially against the likes of Tatum, a star in his own right.
Now, after a season of surviving and growing, the Celtics see nothing but opportunity ahead of them.
“We still have a chance,” Udoka said, “to make it a better story.”