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Bucks within a bucket after sloppy first half

Poor shooting and foul trouble are haunting the Milwaukee Bucks through the first 24 minutes, yet with all that’s gone wrong, they only trail the Boston Celtics by a bucket at 49-47 at the intermission.

Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris have 11 points each, but the Bucks have gotten 15 from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 13 from Khris Middleton.

Unfortunately for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill are all in trouble with three fouls each.

The Celtics are 11 of 14 from the line, while the Bucks are just 5 of 8.

Nonetheless, the Bucks are more than close enough to make another third-quarter push.

In each of the first three games, the team that has won the third quarter has won the game.

The Bucks are especially cold from outside the arc, going just 4 for 21. Nikola Mirotic is 0 for 3, and Sterling Brown and Bledsoe are both 0 for 2.

Both teams are under 40% from the field, with the Bucks at 36,7 (19 for 52) and the Celtics 17 of 46 (37.0%).

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