Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to end of his double-double streak in win vs. Hornets
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Saturday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with 26 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, falling just one board short of notching a double-double. That means his streak of double-doubles to start the season came to an end at 19 games.
Following the game, reporters asked The Greek Freak if he was aware that he had just nine boards prior to exiting the contest in the third quarter with the Bucks up big.
Giannis Antetokounmpo said via Eric Nehm of The Athletic, that had no clue about what his stats were at that point. He also reiterated that he simply isn’t built that way.
After the game, I asked Giannis if he was aware he had nine rebounds.
"No. Nope. Nope. Nope. But it doesn't really matter, man. That's not how I'm built. I'm not built around stats. I think the record documents (that) for itself. Out of 20 games, we win 17." – Antetokounmpo
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) December 1, 2019
If you are a Bucks fan, you have to love this mindset from your superstar forward. The man is all about winning and does not care about individual accolades.
Still, we can’t deny how impressive Antetokounmpo has been through the early goings of the season so far. His numbers this season have taken a jump compared to his production in his MVP campaign last year.
Prior to tonight’s contest, Giannis is putting career-bests in points (31.2) and rebounds (13.6) to go along with 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks. While his efficiency needs more work, the reigning MVP is taking a lot more threes – around 5 a night – making 1.4 per contest.
The Bucks are steam rolling through the Association right now. It notched its 11 straight victory on Friday and is now 17-3 on the season.
Giannis looks like a man on a mission this season to finally claim his throne atop the NBA. He is certainly making his case as the best player in the league right now. But that will fully be cemented if he captures his first ever NBA championship.