2019 NBA playoffs: Here's the referee crew for Celtics-Bucks Game 2


The Boston Celtics' aggressive, physical defense stymied Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Sunday, and it resulted in a 112-90 win at Fiserv Forum.

Will the same no-calls involving Boston during the series opener result in foul calls in Game 2? Game 1 didn't have any specific incidents for officials to be mindful of entering Tuesday night. Of course, these teams do have a bit of a history, particularly a seven-game first-round playoff series from last season that included Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and Celtics guard Terry Rozier engaging in a feud. Other than that, there's nothing notable to be aware of going into Game 2.

The NBA has announced the referee crew for Game 2, and it includes Tony Brothers, Tom Washington and Marc Davis. Mark Lindsay is an alternate.

Here's a look at the 2019 playoff stats for each one of these three referees, per NBAStuffer.com.

Tony Brothers: 6 games officiated, home teams are 4-2, foul perentage against road teams of 54.6
Tom Washington: 3 games officiated, home teams are 2-1, foul percentage against road teams of 50.4
Marc Davis: 3 games officiated, home teams are 1-2, foul percentage against road teams of 52.3

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer wasted no time lobbying for more foul calls in Game 2 by doing it in his postgame press conference Sunday. A closer look at the stats suggest the calls actually held pretty close to both teams' regular season averages.

The Bucks had a 24-8 advantage in free throws taken in Game 1, and they likely will have another edge in Game 2, even if they don't get a bunch more calls. Why is that? The Celtics are a jump shooting team and don't attack the basket as often as most other teams. Boston ranked 29th in the regular season with 19 free throws attempted per game. In the playoffs they are at 19. Even Kyrie Irving, who finishes around the basket as well as anyone in the league, does a great job avoiding contact (and fouls) at the rim. 

A large disparity in free throws isn't necessarily a bad thing for Boston, though. Milwaukee missed nine free throws in Game 1 and is ranked last among the eight remaining playoff teams with a 73.5 percent success rate at the line. The Bucks ranked 14th with a 77.5 percent rate at the free throw line in the regular season.

Antetokounmpo went 5-for-10 at the foul line in Game 1 and is shooting 60.4 percent in the playoffs, compared to his regular season average of 72.9 percent. The Greek Freak has consistently shot worse on free throw attempts in the playoffs compared to his regular season numbers.

Putting the Bucks on the free throw line is not a disaster for the Celtics, so they must keep being aggressive on defense, do their best to keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint and force Milwaukee to hit outside shots.

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