Giannis Antetokounmpo’s major adjustment vs Nets that helped secure Game 7
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo knew coming into Game 6 that he had to step up and make the necessary adjustments to help his team extend the series against the Brooklyn Nets. And, the two-time MVP absolutely showed up and balled out on Thursday to help the Bucks secure a Game 7 ticket in Brooklyn. He did make a huge adjustment though that proved to be pivotal for the Bucks’ chances.
Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds and spent a lot of time in the paint. So much so that the 26-year-old didn’t even attempt a single three-pointer in 41 minutes of action. According to StatMuse, that’s the first playoff game in three years that Giannis didn’t even try to shoot from long range.
Giannis took 0 threes tonight. He finished with:
It’s his first playoff game without attempting a three in 3 years. pic.twitter.com/BR97vOAcp5
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 18, 2021
Good things happen when Giannis stays inside the paint, I guess? Best to leave the shooting to guys like Khris Middleton who shot the lights out on Thursday.
Antetokounmpo was a headache in the paint for Brooklyn all game long. With Giannis going downhill with a full head of steam, it’s hard to imagine anyone in the entire league who can stop him one-on-one. He is a two-time MVP for a reason and he definitely silenced all the haters in a terrific Game 6 performance against the Nets.
Coming into one of the biggest games in his career, Giannis should anticipate that the Nets will definitely make an adjustment for their do-or-die game on Sunday. Antetokounmpo just has to constantly adapt and read what the defense is giving him to give the Bucks a shot at an ECF stint.