Giannis Antetokounmpo - Playoff loss 'on my mind' after beating Raptors

Ross Houston
February 27, 2020

He collected 19 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks, leading the Bucks to a 108-97 victory. "It was definitely on my mind". After the Raptors cut the lead to five, the Bucks regained their 13-point lead on George Hill's corner three-pointer with 6min 21sec to play. Marvin Williams finished the scoring in the third quarter by hitting a three-point shot and Milwaukee led 84-71.

As such, coming into Tuesday night's matchup against Milwaukee, one of the main points of curiosity was how Toronto would defend the league's best team once again, but this time without Leonard - obviously - and Gasol, who unlike during their first encounter this season way back on November 2, was unavailable as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Raptors superfan Drake brought not one, but two WWE championship belts to Tuesday night's tilt between Toronto and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Toronto icon Drake had played the part of cheerleader as the Raptors roared past Antetokounmpo in May, yet the 25-year-old was not concerned by the superfan's latest attempts to get under his skin.

"I didn't notice that". I think tonight is just a recipe for the Raptors to get a statement win at home. The Raptors, however, execute defensive schemes about as well as any team in the league, and they limited Antetokounmpo by guarding him primarily with stout small forward OG Anunoby and regular double-teams, while they got back quickly after missed buckets instead of crashing the offensive glass in order to limit the Bucks transition game.

"He (Drake) cares about me". I really don't. I'm just here to win games and help my team win. The Bucks are number one in the league and were the first to clinch their postseason spot - the fastest in National Basketball Association history to do so. And I think it's safe to say that the Raptors have proven that any playoff series against them will be tight, regardless of opponent. "You expect that, and we knew we had to come out here and earn it". "We all know these guys, they follow you guys [in the media]".

"That's good [that Drake wanted to antagonise me]". "The offence wasn't. Sometimes when the offence ain't good, you give up more points". But this team doesn't do that.

"That really drives us defensively and the offence makes the best of it". "We are going to win it.' We just have to go out there and do our job, which is to just win games", added Antetokounmpo.

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