BOSTON — After making an attempt simply 10 pictures in Tuesday’s Sport 5 loss to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo vowed to return out extra aggressively in Thursday’s Sport 6 in Milwaukee.
“It’s on me,” Antetokounmpo stated. “As I said, I had open shots, but they wasn’t my shots, so I didn’t feel comfortable to take them. I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but come the next game, in Game 6, I got to be more aggressive, make more plays because definitely my teammates need me.”
The Bucks head into Thursday’s sport down Three-2 within the sequence and know they need to do a greater job discovering extra methods for Antetokounmpo to search out success.
“We all have to take responsibility in that — finding different spots to put him in,” Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty stated. “I think Giannis is one of the most aggressive drivers in the game, trying to get downhill. I think he gets bodied quite a bit. What I’m concerned about [is] how much they’re pushing. I want him to keep attacking regardless of how physical the game may be. But in the grand scheme of things, I would just say it’s on all of us. I’ve got to help find him better opportunities for shots. We have to make sure he’s getting the ball, but I want to make sure for us we got a quality possession every time. We’ve got multiple guys that are capable of knocking shots down. I don’t want it to turn into, ‘Hey, we have to do this for Giannis.'”
Antetokounmpo completed simply 5-for-10 from the sector, and the 10 discipline aim makes an attempt had been the fourth-most on the Bucks. His two complete drives and one shot in transition had been the fewest he had in any sport all through this sequence, in line with ESPN Stats & Info. He had 21 help alternatives in contrast with a median of 9 in Video games 1-Four.
“I feel like the shots I had, the moments in the game, that they were quality shots, so I took them,” Antetokounmpo stated. “In Game 6, I got to come out being more aggressive. I still tried to make plays, tried to put my teammates in the right spot. I was just trying to be aggressive.”
Celtics large man Semi Ojeleye was tasked with staying in entrance of Antetokounmpo all through the night time, but it surely was a staff effort, as Celtics coach Brad Stevens repeatedly threw our bodies on the 23-year-old star.
“Giannis is a heckuva player,” Stevens stated. “You’re not going to be perfect against him. You’re not going to hold him down by any means. He makes plays for other people. He’s very unselfish, if he’s not the one scoring. But we just felt like we needed a little bit more ball pressure overall, and so that was the decision to go smaller. Semi is a guy who has been a versatile defender for us all year, and that’s a tall task — to ask a guy to guard Giannis the whole night.”
Stevens’ message to Ojeleye was fairly easy.
“Just try to make it tough on Giannis as a scorer,” Ojeleye stated. “He’s a tough player and a tough matchup for a lot of guys. Just trying to make it as tough as possible. He made a lot of tough shots. … He’s a great player, and I just tried to stay in front and make him take tough shots — try to be physical.”
Antetokounmpo acknowledged the Celtics’ protection and the issues it prompted for him all through the night time, however he remained steadfast in feeling that it was on him to make the appropriate adjustments heading into Sport 6.
“I’m not going to take anything away from any player,” Antetokounmpo stated. “I could easily say it was on me. I didn’t feel like — it was not just Semi Ojeleye, it was everybody guarding me. But he did a great job. He played hard. He competed for his team, and hopefully he can do the same thing in Game 6.”
ESPN’s Chris Forsberg contributed to this report.