‘It Does Not Matter’: Giannis Antetokounmpo Unaware of Bucks Overtaking Brooklyn Nets in Eastern Conference

Published 05/09/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Apr 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives for the basket against Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to win their first NBA title since 1971. Although the team had some barren years, Milwaukee has steadily improved their game under head coach Mike Budenholzer. The Milwaukee Bucks have a win-loss record of 43-24, as Giannis Antetokounmpo is having his customary season.

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Meanwhile, Brook Lopez has been a major influence for his team, with efficient performances. The veteran big man’s influence was obvious to see as his gameplay at both ends of the court is impeccable.

Lopez’s influence on the team

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With a 7’6″ wingspan, Lopez makes the other players around him better. Surprisingly, Lopez is a good three point shooter for a center. Having a 34.3% in three point shooting, the center improves his team with his presence on the defensive side of the court as well. He averages 57.4% in field goal efficiency rating and grabs close to five rebounds a game. But for the Bucks, Giannis will always be their go to man.

Feb 3, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) celebrates with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) against the Indiana Pacers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Although he is the franchise player, Giannis complimented Lopez in his recent interview with the media.

“Hell no! I don’t care, I don’t care about second. It does not matter, it does not matter.

All that, all that matters right now is building good habits and playing good basketball and guys are playing great. Brook was unbelievable today, un-freaking believable. Unreal, unreal Brook.” said Giannis.

Giannis on the Verge of History

The Milwaukee Bucks has a points per game average of 119.6, in addition to Giannis putting up incredible numbers on the court. Antetokounmpo averages around 28.2 points along with 11.1 rebounds; thus being one of the best rebounders in the league.

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The Bucks are looking to win their first NBA championship since 1971. The phenom has cemented his legacy as a Hall of Famer, although he is just 26 years of age.

The franchise remains determined to prove their credentials this time around, with Khris Middleton’s impeccable perimeter defense to complement the team. Likewise, Lopez puts on impressive numbers to take the game to the opposition while being responsible at the back. Despite being the favorites, time will tell whether Giannis could achieve his dream of lifting an NBA title.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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