The Antetokounmpo brothers are hosting a block party for the Milwaukee Bucks in the early stages of their TNT game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Fiserv Forum on Thursday. Shortly after Giannis Antetokounmpo swatted LeBron James' lay-up attempt in the first period, Thanasis Antetokounmpo also did the same to another Lakers superstar.
The elder Antetokounmpo showed how effective he can be on both sides of the floor at the closing minutes of the first quarter between the two powerhouse teams. Thanasis came from the weak side to reject what could have been an easy deuce for Anthony Davis.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo doing it all for the Bucks 😤 pic.twitter.com/jvbYdf44m6
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 22, 2021
The 28-year-old Greek forward was not done, as he came streaking on the other end of the floor for an easy fast-break layup for the Bucks. Thanasis performed a beautiful euro step to evade Marc Gasol's defense before finishing a beautiful reverse.
For a minute there Thanasis looked like The Greek Freak himself in a Bucks uniform. While Giannis is certainly the most successful player in that household, Thanasis also possesses the same physical gifts as his two-time MVP sibling. It looks like spending hours at the gym with Giannis has done wonders for Thanasis's game so far.
The Bucks, meanwhile, are giving their other Antetokounmpo more opportunities to shine this season, upping his minutes to 10.2 in the first 10 games. Thanasis is botching 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assist prior to the Lakers game.
The Bucks know that they will be measured this season by how they perform in the playoffs, not in late January, but it remains that a duel with the reigning champion Lakers is important for cultivating the confidence and the mindset which will serve this Milwaukee roster well in the latter portions of this season.
One thing which has to be kept in mind about Milwaukee's 2021 season is that it won't end in an Orlando bubble. The Bucks were hurt more than any other team by the move to a bubble, since it robbed the team of the ability to play in a familiar building for a majority of games in every Eastern Conference series.