By Chris Doyle
The Wisconsin State Journal
While he has reason to be biased, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't hold back when discussing the excitement around the Milwaukee Bucks as they continue their run through the NBA playoffs.
Asked for his thoughts as a minority owner of the Bucks, Rodgers talked about the team advancing out of the first round for the first time since 2001 with a sweep of the Detroit Pistons, and the Bucks' upcoming matchup with the Boston Celtics starting Sunday, April 28, at noon in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
"It's an exciting time to be a fan of the Bucks, a super minority owner of the Bucks, and I'm sure the players as well, first sweep in a long time, first series win since the Ray Allen, Big Dog (Glenn Robinson) teams, Sam Cassell," Rodgers said during a locker room interview Wednesday. "So it's exciting, but I know these guys have more on their to-do list than to just win a series."
When asked how the Bucks matchup with the Celtics, Rodgers offered a detailed breakdown of the rematch of last year's playoff series when the Celtics defeated the Bucks in seven games to send Milwaukee packing:
"I think this is kind of like our Bulls-Pistons from the ‘80s matchup. You know, we had a tough series last year, we won all three at home, we lost all four in Boston. This year, we're obviously the top seed, so we have the home court advantage. They're a really good team, they've got a fantastic coach, a player who is dynamic in their point guard (Kyrie Irving), and then obviously some great other players around the perimeter and guys who can stretch the floor.”
Bucks vs. Celtics
After two days of suspense, the Bucks announced Wednesday that Game 1 of their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics will be held Sunday at noon.
While the matchup with the Celtics had been set since Monday, April 22, when the Bucks completed their sweep of the Detroit Pistons to move back to Fiserv Forum for games 1 and 2 of the second round, the date and time of the second-round opener had remained a mystery.
Later Wednesday, April 24, the Bucks announced that Game 2 will be held Tuesday, April 30, at Fiserv Forum, before the series moves to Boston for Game 3 on May 3 and Game 4 on May 6.
If a fifth game is needed, it would be held May 8 at Fiserv Forum, with a potential Game 6 in Boston slated for May 10. Game 7 would be played in Milwaukee May 13, if necessary.
Start times for Games 2-7 have yet to be determined.
With their win over the Pistons, the Bucks advanced to the second round for the first time since 2001, when Milwaukee reached the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games.
The Boston Celtics, who completed a sweep of the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, defeated the Bucks last year in the first round 4-3 with a 112-96 win in Game 7 at TD Garden.