Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo vows they’re coming back to Milwaukee ‘pissed’
The Milwaukee Bucks are facing a similar scenario that the Boston Celtics did in the previous series, now seeing the Toronto Raptors win three games in a row to turn the tables on them and lead the series 3-2, sitting one game away from elimination. When prompted with this comparison, Giannis Antetokounmpo stopped the reporter short of finishing it, claiming there will be no quit from him or his team.
“We’re not gonna fold,” Antetokounmpo vowed, cutting off the question, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “We’re the best team in the league. We’re gonna go in, give it everything we got. We can’t fold. We’re gonna come back to Milwaukee being pissed.”
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks’ starting unit played fairly well in Game 5 but were let down by a relatively anemic bench production, something Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has noticed.
“One thing about Giannis, he’s been playing his a** off,” said Lowry. “I would never blame Giannis for anything. Sometimes shots are just missed, turnovers happen, it’s the game. Why does there have to be blame? Giannis is going to be [one of] the best one, two or three players in the league for the next 10 years.”
The Bucks hung around, but couldn’t get it done in the fourth quarter, where a surging Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 35 points along with a scorching-hot Fred VanVleet, who has shaken off his postseason slump.
“I just want to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think we had a chance to win it, but we didn’t. Obviously, I’m pissed. I am not gonna lie to you. We got two more games to go.”
The Bucks will have to pull this one out on the road on Saturday if they hope to force a Game 7 at home, a difficult predicament considering the stakes.