Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo should be MVP
Antetokounmpo guided the Bucks to the best record in the NBA. The Bucks and Celtics face off in the second round of the playoffs. Game 1 is on Sunday:
Stevens on whether Giannis is MVP: “Yes.”
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) April 26, 2019
During the regular season, Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the field, 25.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Greek Freak recorded 54 double-doubles and five triple-doubles for the Bucks, who won 60 games in the regular season. Houston Rockets star guard James Harden went on an insane scoring tear and led the NBA in scoring for the second consecutive season. Some around the league believe The Beard should win the MVP award again since he brought the Rockets from the bottom of the Western Conference to the top.
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have bigger things to worry about right now. They’re about to face a Celtics team who isn’t your ordinary 4-seed. Kyrie Irving is one of the best players and closers in the game, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford are two All-Stars who have tons of playoff experience, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are talented youngsters who showed in the 2018 postseason they aren’t afraid of the big stage.
The Bucks swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round. It was the first playoff series win for Milwaukee since 2001.