Bucks news: Giannis Antetokounmpo says Milwaukee has to 'send a message' to Heat on Friday
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Giannis Antetokounmpo says Bucks have to ‘send a message’ to Heat on Friday

Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Heat

If the playoffs started today, the Milwaukee Bucks would face the Miami Heat in the first-round of the playoffs.

For that reason alone, Bucks superstar swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo says Milwaukee can’t take Friday’s game against the Heat in South Beach on Friday lightly because it’s important to send a message to a team they could see in the postseason.

“This definitely is a team that we might face in the first round of the playoffs,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said, via Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “So we’ve definitely got to be locked in and go out there and play the best basketball we can play and send a message.

“I think sometimes when you get two days in between and the third day’s the game day you kind of tend to relax and get out of rhythm. Previously we haven’t relaxed, we haven’t gotten out of rhythm so hopefully we can go out there and everybody has more energy and have a little bit – how you guys say – pep in the step.”

The Bucks have the best record in the NBA right now and already clinched a playoff spot.

Milwaukee enters its matchup against the Heat with a record of 51-17. Many believe Antetokounmpo is the front runner for the MVP award.

Giannis is averaging 27.0 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season.