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Ime Udoka led the Boston Celtics to sweep the Brooklyn Nets but he now faces a bigger challenge in Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks

The team led by Nigerian head coach Ime Udoka pulled off one of the biggest shocks of this year’s postseason as they stopped the preseason favourites from winning a single game.

Even though Boston finished as the second seed in the Eastern Conference and have the best defence in the league, it was still expected that the Nets would pose a high level of difficulty for them.

Now that they have won in such a landslide fashion, the Celtics have been rightly propped up as one of the teams who could win it all but their next opponents might have one or two things to say about that.

The Celtics have secured a spot in the second round where they are slated to face the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls series.

The likely opponents now are the Bucks, the reigning champions who are also one win away from seeing off the Bulls and setting up that tantalising Eastern conference second round tie.

The Greek player of Nigerian descent is a two-time MVP and led his team to the Championship last season where he was crowned the final MVP.

Jrue Holiday and the currently injured Khris Middleton are two All-Star calibre players capable of beating teams on their own for the Bucks without Giannis.

The Celtics are solid defensively but it is more than likely that the Bucks will have too much for them offensively in what should be a thoroughly interesting series.

It would be particularly exciting to see how Ime Udoka prepares his team for this challenge which is very different to the Nets which they overcame rather easily.

But the former D’Tigers captain is not new to adversity or challenges, he’s shown that he can adapt to different situations which is what makes him one of the best coaches in the league already despite only just in his first season.

AON

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