The wait for the Celtics was indeed a short one, as the Bucks wasted absolutely no time in punching their ticket to Boston with Wednesday’s closeout Game 5 victory over the Bulls at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.
It was pure domination from the Bucks, really, as they crushed the shorthanded Bulls in what was a near wire-to-wire effort, with a Chicago lead that never got beyond a single point in what ended as a 16-point victory for Milwaukee. The 16-point finish made things seem closer than they really ever were, too, with the Bucks at one point holding a 29-point lead.
So it’s off to Boston for the defending champion Bucks for the first playoff series between these teams since their 2019 second-round showdown, and after a regular-season split between the sides at 2-2.
The full schedule will go as follows…