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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo never expected series vs. Raptors to be easy

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Serge Ibaka

Giannis Antetokounmpo expressed disappointment after losing a double-overtime classic in Game 3, but noted this series was never expected to be a cakewalk. The Milwaukee Bucks star struggled, posting only 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting, and his poor shooting night and eight turnovers spelled a 2-1 series lead instead of a dominant 3-0 advantage to put the Toronto Raptors between the sword and the wall.

Antetokounmpo understands he and the Bucks missed an opportunity, but he never expected this series to come easy:

“We could’ve been up 3-0,” said Antetokounmpo, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “We didn’t play well… I never expected this series to be easy.”

While Antetokounmpo was disappointed with the unfortunate result, he wasn’t down on himself or his performance, giving a Kevin Durant-like postgame quote after the 118-112 loss on Sunday:

“Hell no,” Antetokounmpo told ESPN, pushing himself up from the locker bench. As he started to walk away, The Greek Freak returned to give one last profound explanation.

“I am Giannis,” he said, putting his hand on his chest. “What I have done in my life so far — sending money to my family, put my brothers in private schools, taking care of family in Nigeria and Greece. Disappointed in a game? I’d be disappointed in myself if I was disappointed.”

Antetokounmpo pulled down a game-high 23 rebounds and dished out seven assists while adding one steal and four blocks to his box score. This was merely a bad shooting night, which was wrapped with the presence of turnovers and fouling out of the game.

The Bucks have yet to lose more than one game in a row in these playoffs, and it’s unlikely they will start now with so much at stake. Expect Antetokounmpo to have one of his best games on Tuesday, as he often comes back with force after a loss.