Giannis Antetokounmpo offers highest praise for Luka Doncic after Mavs take down Bucks
Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had a career night on Saturday, as he led the Mavs to an overtime victory against the league-best Milwaukee Bucks. Following his team’s 136-132 defeat, reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had nothing but high praise for Doncic and his amazing performance.
Here is what the Bucks superstar had to say in his postgame press conference:
Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (36 points, 14 rebounds, 19 assists): “Makes his teammates better. Talented. Really talented. One of the most talented players I’ve ever played against.” pic.twitter.com/AC6nKc42rz
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 9, 2020
Luka Doncic logged another triple-double — his third in five games — against the Bucks, finishing with 36 points, 14 rebounds, and 19 assists. The 21-year-old also committed just two turnovers in 42 minutes of action, and capped off his amazing display with this awe-inspiring between-the-legs dime in a crucial play deep in the overtime period.
To be fair to Giannis, he could have very easily been talking about himself with his statement here, not just Luka Doncic. Antetokounmpo has been nothing short of astounding for the Bucks all season long, which has led to his emergence as this season’s front-runner for the Most Valuable Player award (again) and the Defensive Player of the Year. Should he achieve this feat, he will be only the third player in NBA history to win both major awards on the same season, following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.
The Bucks have clinched the top seed in the East, and technically speaking, they have nothing more to play for in their three remaining seeding games. Milwaukee is off on Sunday, but will be back in action on Monday when they take on the defending champs, the Toronto Raptors, in what could be a preview of this season’s Eastern Conference Finals. Luka Doncic might watch that game just for fun.