MILWAUKEE – Bucks star though Giannis Antetocounmo Not wanting to sit in long games, he admitted that his involvement in the NBA’s health and safety ethics after Milwaukee’s 117-113 victory over the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day gave him the much-needed mental and physical opportunity. To break.
Antetokounmpo missed five games after a positive test for Covid-19, but in the first game he played after December 13, he did not miss a single blow. He scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half, adding 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks to lead the Bucks back to victory over the Celtics after trailing by 19 points.
“He pulled it out. You can see the fatigue,” Bucks went on Wesley Mathews Said. “But he’s one of those guys. He’s a robot; he’s a machine. He says he’s not feeling a pain. He’s going, he’s attacking, he’s pushing everyone.
As the Celtics got off to a fast start in the first half, Boston kept Antotocounbo only five shots in the paint, but Antotocounbo was much better in the second half, finishing 9-12 in paint after the break.
He was able to impose his will defensively and at the meeting Jason Tottam With eight seconds left in the game Totem was forced to send the ball to the edge Robert Williams III, Which caused a blockage in Antetokounmpo in recovery.
“With his length he has the extra ability to play multiple attempts defensively,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Antedogounbo. “He can cover so much land and make an impact.”
Antetokounmpo said he was initially surprised after a positive test for the virus, but eventually began to experience some mild symptoms during his isolation. However, he spent most of his time in his basement – “watching movies, snacks, fluids,” he said – before returning to court for personal exercise in the past. Two days.
“I’m not going to lie: I enjoyed it,” Antetokounmpo said. “Selfishly, I think I need a break. But at the end of the day, when you turn on the TV and watch your teammates … when you’re guys out there watching them fight to win the game, you say, ‘Man, you want to be there.
Injuries and illness have reduced Bucks’ rotation to several extensions this season, but Saturday’s game from the start of the campaign has been a healthy one for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo removed health and safety protocols Bobby Portis And Donde Divincenzo, Who played in his first game after ankle surgery during the first round of the playoffs last year.
“It was weird: it really went from seven or eight players to 15,” said the Milwaukee Guardian. Jury vacation Said. “It was hard to do the lay-up lines because we did not have enough people. Now it’s crowded. The locker room is very noisy now, there are a lot more people. But I like it.”
Despite the frequent flux in their line-up, the Bucks are still one of the leading teams in the Eastern Conference. Consider their performance in times of crisis on Saturday.
Bucks competed in five of the Celtics’ six field goal attempts at clutch time, keeping Boston four for 1 in 6 shooting. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s Big Three took eight of its final 11 points (3 in 6 shooting) during that extension, and a thief from Holiday on Totem set up a 3-pointer from Mathews to highlight the bucks in 30 seconds. The rest.
“We need to continue to connect with each other,” Antetokounmpo said. “I feel like we’re not playing much with each other. One guy comes back, one guy gets health and safety protocol. One guy comes back, one guy gets injured. We need to connect as much as possible. Training or sport to continue that chemistry. I think if we are humble and hungry, great things will happen to us in the future. “
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