Pascal Siakam explains how Raptors were able to limit Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3
The Toronto Raptors took Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, taking a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and avoid going down 0-3 in the series. The Raptors had five players score in double figures, led by Kawhi Leonard’s 36 points, but one of the main reasons why they got the victory is their superb defense on Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Giannis played 45 minutes, but only managed to score 12 points on 5-16 shooting. After the game, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam explained how the Raptors were able to limit the Greek Freak.
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Antetokounmpo faced several defenders throughout the game, from Siakam to Leonard, to Danny Green, and Norman Powell; all of them made sure that the Bucks’ leading scorer earned all of his points the hard way.
But even when Giannis struggled offensively, he was still able to be productive on other aspects of the game. He had playoff career-high 23 rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks, proving that he’s more than just an unstoppable scoring machine.
Still, the Raptors’ efforts were enough to survive the Bucks. Now they have an opportunity to tie the series up in Game 4 on Tuesday and turn a once lopsided series into a tightly contested one.
But the Raptors cannot expect Antetokounmpo to struggle for another game. They will have to make sure that they will be able to maintain their balanced scoring if they want to have a bigger chance of turning this series around. They already had a good start in Game 3, but consistency will be the key to their success.