Giannis Antetokounmpo was at the right place at the right time in Game 4 for Milwaukee Bucks with an incredible game-saving block on DeAndre Ayton. But, according to the two-time MVP himself, he actually thought he was going to get dunked on by the Phonix Suns center in that crucial play late in the fourth.
“I thought I was going to get dunked on, to be honest with you,” Giannis admitted after the 109-103 win. “Down the stretch, [just] doing whatever it takes to win the game and just put yourself in a position that can win the game,”
"I thought I was going to get dunked on, to be honest with you… I was late. Usually a play like that [is a dunk]. If I was on the opposite side, it's a dunk."
Giannis on his block of Deandre Ayton.pic.twitter.com/mPNOFY5uQs
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The two-time MVP added another incredible game in his first-ever NBA Finals stint. The 26-year-old finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and two massive blocks. Giannis went on to break down his last block which ultimately put the Bucks in a winning position. According to him, the timing was everything, and his decision to simply challenge Ayton's shot rather than going for the block came up huge
“I was late,” the former DPOY added. “Usually a play like that [is a dunk]. If I was on the opposite side, it's a dunk. I didn't jump to block the ball, I jumped toward the rim and I feel that's what' kinda helped put me in position to get the block. If he shot the ball off the backboard that would probably be goaltending.”
Though it was Khris Middleton who knocked down huge shots for the Bucks down the stretch, it was Giannis' all-around presence that helped seal the crucial W for the Bucks as they now tie the series against the Suns heading into Game 5.