Giannis Antetokounmpo knows the Bucks have to come out ready to play against the Raptors.
He didn’t think that when his team took on the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
He told reporters as much Tuesday.
“Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and still be fine; but against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot when you lose the first game in your home,” Antetokounmpo said, via ESPN.
Giannis: “Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and still be fine; but against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot when you lose the first game in your home.”
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) May 14, 2019
It’s easy to say this now that the Bucks have won the series over the Celtics in five games.
Milwaukee got beat by 22 in Game 1 against Boston, but came back to win four straight games by an average margin of 16.25 points.
Would Antetokounmpo have said this after Game 1 had he been asked the same question? Who knows.
But one thing is for sure, he didn’t think Milwaukee needed to do anything drastic to come back and get a win against the Celtics.
“I think there should be no change at all,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after Game 1. “Why should there be a change after a game that we lost? We should not be the team that makes the adjustment even though we lost the first game.
“We’re just going to come out and play our hardest, see how Game 2 goes. If it doesn’t go well for us, then you can think about adjusting. But right now, we’re not adjusting nothing.”
Antetokounmpo was proven right as the Bucks controlled the series the rest of the way, so Boston fans might be miffed at his comments, but it’s hard to argue with his logic.
We’ll see if the Bucks lose one of the first two games against the Raptors and if they really are a team that would be tough to beat in a series after such a loss.
Game 1 will be Wednesday in Milwaukee.