Video: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo fights for catch of 65-foot Khris Middleton pass, dunks vs. Thunder
The Green Bay Packers secured a huge win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday with a goal-line stop of Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. Apparently, their basketball counterparts felt like scoring some touchdowns of their own. Milwaukee Bucks forwards Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo connected on a full-court pass that led to a dunk for the “Greek Freak” during Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Giannis paid absolutely no mind to Chris Paul on the play, bodying him to secure the catch and finish the play with the slam. If Paul was the undersized corner, Antetokounmpo was Davante Adams.
Both Middleton and Antetokounmpo are having fine seasons.
Middleton was rewarded with a big extension this past summer after he made the All-Star team last year. Through nine games, he was averaging 19.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc on nearly seven attempts per game.
Meanwhile, Giannis is proving that his MVP campaign was no fluke. The 24-year-old was pegged as the overwhelming favorite to repeat this year, and through the first nine games he had posted averages of 29.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks.
Antetokounmpo is also trying to grow more comfortable in expanding his range. After starting the season just 2-of-14 from the three-point line, he has since gone 8-of-22 from deep. The one area of improvement figures to be at the free-throw line, as Giannis is shooting just over 63 percent from the charity stripe.
Could Antetokounmpo have been an NFL receiver? Who knows, but he and Middleton provided a nice little deep ball on Sunday evening.