WATCH: Bucks’ Thanasis Antetokounmpo Almost Ends Cavaliers Player’s Career After Dangerous Foul

Published 12/20/2021, 12:00 AM EST
Sep 27, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (43) pose for pictures during Media Day at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Defending champions Milwaukee Bucks are dealing with a series of injuries. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were both out for their recent games against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, it was Giannis’ brother, Thanasis, who caught the eye. It was for a near career-ending foul.

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The Bucks have had a rocky start to the season so far. After going on an eight-game win streak, they have not been consistent. Losing 3 of their last four games, the defending champions are now fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Moreover, they are not at their full potential.

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In their recent loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thanasis Antetokounmpo was involved in a dangerous play that saw a Cavaliers player in extreme pain.

Bucks-Cavaliers sees a dangerous foul

As the Bucks were struggling to put on points on the board, Thanasis got the ball up the court. However, the Cavaliers’ Dylan Windler stole the ball away and got the clear lane for the easy dunk. Antetokounmpo did not give up on the play and chased him down. Unfortunately, he got there late and sent Windler flying to the ground.

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Windler landed awkwardly on his head and remained down for a while. Antetokounmpo did not notice at first, but he went on to check on the injured player as soon as he realized what had happened. Windler played just 6 minutes in the game and did not check back in after the foul.

However, the Cavaliers had enough to get the job done.

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Sep 27, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (43) pose for pictures during Media Day at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Garland continued his wonderful season with another stellar performance. He added 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds on 76% shooting for the night. Cedi Osman led the Cavaliers scoring 23 points while Ricky Rubio tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Cavaliers are now 19-10 for the season and are the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks came in without their ‘Big 3′ against the Cavaliers. Jordan Nwora put up a game-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and 4 assists. DeMarcus Cousins and George Hill combined for 26 points in the Bucks’ 119-90 blowout loss.

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The absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo is hurting the Bucks quite a lot as they lost their second straight game without the ‘Greek Freak’. Do you think Thanasis can make his mark with his brother out? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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