Kendrick Perkins says Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is being exposed by Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard
Kendrick Perkins has chimed in on the Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks. For him, Giannis Antetokounmpo — the leading candidate for MVP — is being exposed by defensive stalwart Kawhi Leonard in the series.
As posted by Speak For Yourself, Leonard — amid his ailing right leg — is still guarding Antetokounmpo at an elite level. The former Finals MVP has made it tough for the Greek Freak.
“I feel like right now Giannis is getting exposed– just for the simple fact that Kawhi is guarding him and he’s not even 100% and he’s making it tough on Giannis”
“I feel like right now Giannis is getting exposed– just for the simple fact that Kawhi is guarding him and he’s not even 100% and he’s making it tough on Giannis” — @KendrickPerkins pic.twitter.com/dC6cUOlGxo
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) May 22, 2019
In the series, Antetokounmpo is averaging 22.8 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field. While impressive numbers, these are his lowest output in the postseason thus far. His worst game came in their double-overtime loss in Game 3 where he just scored 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the field.
Game clips show that the Raptors have put up a wall of defenders whenever Antetokounmpo is an inch away from the paint. While he has managed to slip in a couple of layups or has passed it to a wide open teammate, the Raptors make sure that he has to work hard for every point. And Leonard, a former defensive player of the year, has been nothing but stellar in guarding him one-on-one or helping out in the team’s defense.
Agree or disagree with Perkins’ claims, it’s been a tough series for Antetokounmpo and a great one for Leonard. Let’s see who will take Game 5 and take a 3-2 series lead.