Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks They are one victory at home away from being crowned NBA champions, but the Greek star on Saturday insisted on modesty as the fundamental principle for the success of this team.
“We have to continue in the present and remain humble as much as we can. When this team is humble, this team is very dangerous,” he said at a press conference.
The Bucks achieved a huge away victory today against the Phoenix Suns (119-123) that opens the possibility for the Milwaukee, who dominate the Finals 2-3, can be crowned before their public next Tuesday in the sixth game .
The Bucks’ great encounter was based on the fantastic performance of their stellar trio: Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists), Khris Middleton (29 points and 7 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (27 points and 13 assists).
All three were involved in the key play of the night.
After dominating the game with a firm hand from the second quarter, the Bucks met the Suns within one point (119-120) and with home possession with only 29 seconds left.
The ball went to Devin Booker, but Holiday snatched it from him and gave a tremendous alley-oop to the counterattack to Antetokounmpo, which also received an additional free.
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The Greek failed from the personal, but grabbed his own rebound and Middleton sentenced in free practice.
Antetokounmpo praised the theft of Holiday: “It was the winning play of the match.”
“That’s what we need from Jrue. We need him to continue defending, to remain great defensively. Things like this robbery are what make him elite,” he said.
Antetokounmpo was very satisfied with the victory, but tried to remain calm despite the fact that on Tuesday they have everything on their face and on their court to take the ring.
“We are one game away from being champions, one game away from being the history of this sport, from always being there. No one can take that away from you. And being able to do it in front of our families and our fans is something great,” he admitted.
“But there are still steps until we get to that. It’s going to be amazing (playing at home for a ring). It will be great to do it in front of our fans, but there are still steps.”
Although he asked for caution, Antetokounmpo He also urged to “enjoy the moment” and savor a triumph as important as that of Phoenix (USA) before getting down to work for the sixth game.
In addition, the figure of the Bucks referred to the situation of his brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who missed tonight’s game after entering the NBA’s coronavirus protocol.
“It was extremely difficult because I know how much I wanted to be here to help the team (…). But as much as it hurt all of us that he was not there, even something else, we still had a job to do”, explained.