Celtics narrowly avoid wrong kind of history with 2-point shooting vs. Bucks


More than ever, NBA teams have been living and dying by the 3-point shot.

The Boston Celtics weren't great from 3-point range (18 for 50, 36 percent) in their Game 1 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, but it was their showing from inside the arc which played an even bigger role in their setback.

The Celtics were an abysmal 10 of 34 (29 percent) from 2-point range against the Bucks, narrowly missing out on matching the record for fewest makes on 2-point field goals in NBA postseason history.

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Only the 2017 Houston Rockets, featuring renowned chucker James Harden, had a game with fewer 2-point field goals.

While the Celtics avoided league history, they did shatter a franchise record on Sunday.

In their 75 seasons -- the last 43 of which have included a 3-point line -- Boston had never made fewer than 14 shots from 2-point range in a game. That changed in Game 1 against Milwaukee.

Jayson Tatum was the only Celtics player to attempt more than five shots from inside 3-point range, going 2 for 9. Robert Williams III (3 for 5) and Marcus Smart (2 for 5) attempted five shots from inside 3-point range each, while Jaylen Brown (1 for 4) and Al Horford (0 for 2) each had minimal success from inside the arc.

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