Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo gives telling reaction to crucial no-call on Jae Crowder
The Milwaukee Bucks were unable to close out the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night as Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a clutch shot in the waning seconds. After Milwaukee’s disappointing defeat, Antetokounmpo would give his reaction to a crucial no-call on Jae Crowder that happened late in the game, via The Athletic’s Eric Nehm.
Asked Giannis Antetokounmpo about whether or not he thought Jae Crowder actually pulled his hips after Crowder pulled the chair on him on the Bucks' second last offensive possession.
"I just don't want to get fined. What do you want me to say? I don't want to get fined."
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) February 11, 2021
Late in the game on Wednesday night, Devin Booker missed one of his two free throws, giving the Bucks a chance to hit a game-winning shot down 125-124. The possession would begin with Khris Middleton having the ball in his hands, with him looking to find Antetokounmpo at the post.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was backing down Crowder on the possession, only for Crowder to pull the chair under him. Milwaukee’s All-Star forward fell to the ground as Crowder grabbed a game-saving steal to give Phoenix the possession.
In reality a good no call this is a veteran heads up play by Crowder.
However guys like KD, Lebron, & AD likely get a foul called there which Giannis in reality should also get https://t.co/wfgq0fsXtA
— Let it Fly Sports (@LetItFlySports) February 11, 2021
Around the NBA, most superstars in the league likely would have drawn a foul on the play, preventing a steal from ever happening. However, the officials didn’t give Antetokounmpo the benefit of the doubt as the Bucks needed the Suns to give them one last possession to end the game.
While Milwaukee got its wish with Booker missing a three-point shot with time winding down, Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a mid-range shot with under three seconds remaining that could have won them a game that they held a double-digit lead in. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Antetokounmpo was disappointed that the officials didn’t call a foul on Crowder late in the fourth quarter.