WATCH: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Gets Into a Heated Argument with Pistons Rookie

Published 01/07/2021, 1:16 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives against Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (left) and center Mason Plumlee (24) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks made light work of the Detroit Pistons after beating them for the second time in a row. They won by 15 points and star Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t have to score over 25 points to ensure the win.

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But after the game was over, Giannis, along with his brother Thanasis, confronted the Pistons’ rookie Isaiah Stewart. The 19-year-old had some hard fouls on Giannis towards the end of the game. So the Greek Freak was left annoyed. The Pistons players then stepped in to separate the two before things could get heated.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the curious case of missing free throws

A common trend among the league’s best players like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Giannis is that they barely receive foul calls. Opposition teams take advantage of this and get rough in the paint and get away with it. Usually, Giannis takes it and moves on, but today he seemed agitated about it.

Although Giannis always ranks among the top three when it comes to free-throws attempted, many calls against him aren’t called. But Giannis also needs to work on his free-throw shooting. He is averaging a disastrous 61% from the line this season and has to improve if he is shooting 10 attempts per game.

Can the Bucks continue this winning streak?

The Bucks started the season with three losses in their first five games. But they have picked up the pace since then and now have won three in a row. Although these wins have come against struggling teams like the Bulls and the Pistons, they will be eager to build on this momentum in their next games.

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Dec 18, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives while defended by Milwaukee Bucks forwards Khris Middleton (22) and D.J. Wilson (5) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

They are back in action tomorrow against the Jazz, who have been surprisingly inconsistent. They lost tonight against the Knicks after 3/5 of their starters shot below 35%. Mike Conley went 3-14 from the field while Donovan Mitchell went 8-23. So this is a good chance for the Bucks to pile on their misery and come away with a fourth win in a row.

The Bucks haven’t looked as dominant as they were in the past seasons, but this could be the start of their rise to the top spot in the East.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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