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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo records most rebounds in an ECF road game since 1979

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t have the best showing offensively for the Milwaukee Bucks, but he found other ways to contribute in a losing effort in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors.

Antetokounmpo scored only 12 points in their 118-112 defeat to the Raptors, shooting 5-of-16 from the field (31.3 percent) and 0-of-3 from the 3-point line. However, he did have 23 boards to go along with seven assists, one steal and four blocks.

According to StatMuse, Giannis’ 23 boards are the most by a Bucks player in a postseason game since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar grabbed 24 rebounds in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls back in 1974. Interestingly, Antetokounmpo’s tally is also the most rebounds by a visiting player in the Eastern Conference Finals since 1979.

The Greek Freak has been a rebounding monster in the playoffs, so it’s not surprising to see him dominate the glass the way he did in Game 3 of the East Finals. In fact, in 12 postseason matches so far, the 24-year-old superstar has only failed to reach the double-digit rebounding mark three times.

In Games 1 and 2 of their series with Raptors, Antetokounmpo corralled 14 and 17 boards respectively.

Giannis will be hungrier than ever in Game 4 following their first road loss of the postseason. With that said, it’s interesting to see if the three-time All-Star can take over the rebounding department once again and break another record.