Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo thought he was going to NBA Finals after taking 2-0 lead vs. Raptors in 2019 ECF
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks had a 2-0 lead over Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals. Everyone thought the series was over and that the Bucks would advance to the NBA Finals.
That’s when Leonard and the Raptors flipped the switch and won four games in a row to win the series and send Antetokounmpo and the Bucks home.
Antetokounmpo, who wound up winning the 2019 MVP award, admits he was looking to the future and thought the Bucks were heading to the NBA Finals after taking that 2-0 lead.
"I thought I'd be playing in the NBA Finals. I'm not going to lie to you."@Giannis_An34 reveals to @TheFrankIsola why the end of the @Bucks season is serving as motivation this year. #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/xXJ380q5xN
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) October 17, 2019
The Bucks didn’t lose four games in a row during the regular season. No one saw the Raptors beating Milwaukee, who had the best record in the league, four times in a row.
It just shows playoff basketball is another animal and that Leonard is really one of the best basketball players of all time.
The 2019-20 season is finally here and Antetokounmpo is eager to redeem himself and lead the Bucks to the promised land. Giannis averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in 2018-19 while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Now that Leonard is in the Western Conference, many believe Giannis and the Bucks have a great shot at winning the East this season. Let’s see if Milwaukee can do it.