Much has been made about Giannis Antetokoumpo’s rather peculiar free-throw routine. On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks star was whistled for yet another 10-second violation on the line in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets.
There’s actually nothing out of the ordinary in Giannis’ routine at the charity stripe. The problem, however, is that he takes so much time before actually taking the shot. Here’s a look at his latest violation (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter):
For the second time in the postseason, Giannis is called for a 10 second violation 👀pic.twitter.com/AOYEL1JdEH
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 11, 2021
This is not the first time Giannis has turned the ball over for this particular offense. In the Bucks’ first-round series against the Miami Heat, Antetokounmpo was whistled for the exact same call. It looks like the league has become more conscious about this particular facet of Giannis’ game, with referees keeping a keen eye on his free-throw shooting routine.
For what it’s worth, the Bucks star has had a miserable time from the stripe in this series against the mighty Nets:
Giannis now 4-17 from the line in this series.
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 11, 2021
With the Bucks down 2-0 in the series, Giannis and Co. are in desperate need of a win in Game 3. These costly and unnecessary turnovers are not going to help their cause. It’s not as if the game officials are going to ease up on this, so it’s really up to Giannis to make the necessary adjustments.