Video: NBA Replay Center explains that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Eurostep for Bucks in Game 3 was legal
The Milwaukee Bucks came up short in double overtime against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3. One of the most notable aspects of the series thus far has been the controversy surrounding forward Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Eurostep.
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Antetokounmpo has stirred up mixed feelings with his long Eurostep. However NBA Senior Vice President of Replay & Referee Operations Joe Borgia said during an appearance on NBA TV that the move is legal and should not be called a travel.
“Following the gather, a player is allowed two legal steps,” Borgia said. “So this is a legal 1-2 step.”
It is safe to say that the Raptors would not agree with the call. Antetokounmpo has made a number of highlight plays with his Eurostep. There was even an instance where he managed to step his way around two defenders off one dribble from halfcourt en route to an easy lay up.
Unfortunately, the longevity of the move is something that only Antetokounmpo himself can pull off. The Greek Freak has made plenty of physical feats that were seemingly impossible. It is clear that he is looking to bring some of that magic into the championship rounds with him.
Antetokounmpo had a much tougher time finding his rhythm in Game 3. The Raptors were able to limit him to just 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Fortunately, he was able to find other ways to make his presence felt by bringing down a game-high 23 rebounds to go with seven assists. Despite his efforts, there is no question that he will need to find his footing in Game 4 if the Bucks are going to avoid splitting the series with the Raptors.