Opinion: Celtics have talent to beat Bucks, Antetokounmpo in possible playoff matchup, but will they put it all together?


SportsPulse: The NBA has finally gotten back underway and our NBA experts ranked all 22 teams participating in the reset.


Maybe the Milwaukee Bucks get the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals.

Or maybe they face the Boston Celtics.

Either way, the Bucks will face a formidable opponent that won’t be intimidated by Milwaukee’s .818 winning percentage and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and is capable of winning a seven-game series.

Can the Celtics be that team?

Before the restart at Disney’s ESPN sports complex near Orlando, Florida, Celtics coach Brad Stevens wondered if his team would be ready for this matchup against the Bucks.

Stevens always wonders about these things. Asked earlier this season after a close road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers if the Celtics could get where they want to go, Stevens said, “I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll try.”

The Celtics have the talent. It’s a question of putting it together.

And though it’s just one restart game against the team with the best record in the NBA, Boston is capable of pushing the Bucks, which is exactly what the Celtics did Friday night in a 119-112 loss.

“When I look back at…

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