Giannis Antetokounmpo records rare playoff stat line only achieved by Bill Walton
Milwaukee Bucks superstar swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors with 12 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks. The only other player to record such a stat line in playoff history is Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who had 20 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists and eight blocks back in 1977 for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Game 3 with 12 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocks. The only other player to record such a stat line in #NBAPlayoffs history is Bill Walton (20p, 23r, 7a, 8b on 6/5/1977). pic.twitter.com/tQUuTmLwOk
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 20, 2019
The Bucks lost Game 3 on Sunday in double overtime by a final score of 118-112. They still have a 2-1 lead in the series.
Giannis shot just 5-of-16 from the field and 2-of-7 from the free-throw line in Game 3 and had eight turnovers as well. The Bucks are hoping the Game 3 defeat will motivate Antetokounmpo to go off in Game 4. It’s rare to see The Greek Freak struggle like he did in Game 3.
Anytime you can put your name next to Bill Walton, though, you are doing something right. Before injuries plagued him, Walton was one of the most dominant centers in the league.
The Bucks suffered their second loss of the playoffs on Sunday. Despite Giannis playing poorly, Milwaukee still had a chance to win Game 3. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to have a bounce back Game 4 on Tuesday for the Bucks, who will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.