Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo Shows His Stardom in Game 3
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks faced an 0-2 series deficit heading into Game 3 on Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Antetokounmpo was one of the reasons why Milwaukee won Game 3 over Brooklyn by a final score of 86-83.
Jrue Holiday was the one the hit the game-winning shot with under 15 seconds remaining in regulation time. Giannis Antetokounmpo is usually the go-two player down the stretch for the Milwaukee Bucks but wasn’t in that scenario.
Anyway, it was important for them to get off to a hot start in Game 3 because they were utterly embarrassed in Game 2 on the road against the Brooklyn Nets.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton set the tone for the Milwaukee Bucks early in this basketball game. They account for more than half of the Milwaukee Bucks teams points in Game 3.
Antetokounmpo scored 33 points. He shot 45.2 percent from the field. Giannis Antetokounmpo also grabbed 14 rebounds and recorded two assists for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the heartbeat of the Milwaukee Bucks. He will need to continue to play at a high level if they want to upset the Brooklyn Nets.
Antetokounmpo shot horribly from the outside in Game 3, but he drove to the paint efficiently. He needs to also be better from the free throw line because his form looks erratic. This is also the second time this postseason that he didn’t get a free throw off at the 10 seconds mark.
During the regular season, he played in 61 games for the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 28.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 1.2 SPG. He has been doing this in the NBA for the past five seasons and Antetokounmpo is a two-time MVP winner. He also finished in the Top 5 in NBA MVP voting once again this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo needs to continue this performance for the rest of the series and not disappear. The only thing that is missing in his legacy now is an NBA Championship. He will also need to be a factor on the defensive end of the floor.
Another thing that Antetokounmpo does a lot is put the ball down on the floor when driving down to the basket and he gets stripped rather easily. He turned the ball over five times last night. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks should feel better about themselves today, but they still have a ways to go.
Home court is always an advantage for some reason in the NBA Playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks are 3-0 at home so far this postseason. They are only 2-2 on the road. Giannis Antetokounmpo plays much better at home than he does on the road. They only need to win one game on the road in this series, but it is easier said than done here as well.
Game 4 will be on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with game time set for 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
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