“We’re in Good Shape”: Devin Booker Pokes Fun at Giannis Antetokoumpo For Missing Game Winner

Published 02/11/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Feb 10, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) protects the ball from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns have had a solid start to the season. After missing the playoffs for 11 years, they are on track to reach the playoffs out of the tougher Western Conference this year. The Suns have been a much-improved team after acquiring Chris Paul during the off-season. And they just defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the best record in the NBA last season.

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Devin Booker takes a shot at Giannis

Suns guard Devin Booker spoke to the press after the Suns‘ game. He seemingly took a shot aimed at Buck’s player and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis missed a potential game-winner at the end of the game, and the Suns were able to hold on for the win. After the game, Booker responded to whether he was nervous when Giannis had the ball – “We’re in good shape.”

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Booker’s comments show that he and the team were not concerned about Giannis Antetokounmpo making the shot to win the game. Given Giannis’ history of shooting poor shots, that reputation is not entirely unwarranted. While Giannis is a very dominant player, and incredible at getting to the rim, his shot-making ability is quite poor.

Much of the criticism surrounding Giannis is fair, given his recent record. During the big moments, Giannis has not performed up to the level expected of him. A player of his caliber should be able to make the shots that the team needs to get the win. However, he has come up small on numerous occasions, especially when it matters most.

Giannis Antetokounmpo not improving as expected

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Despite Giannis being a two-time league MVP and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, recently, many analysts have criticized his performances. Antetokounmpo continues to take the ball to the rim and making shots in the paint. But he has not developed or improve his jump shot to the level he needs to, in order to be considered an elite player in the NBA.

Feb 5, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket between Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) and forward Lamar Stevens (8) during the third quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Can Giannis Antetokounmpo prove his critics wrong? He has a challenging road ahead of him, needing to improve on different levels before he can lead the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship. But a player of his level can do that if he chooses to focus and dedicate himself to it.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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