Sometimes you just need to give credit where credit is due. Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves credit tonight.
Antetokounmpo finished Wednesday’s contest as the game’s leading scorer, with 37 points, and rebounder, with 13 rebounds. He was incredibly efficient, having made 13 of his 22 shot attempts and 11 of his 13 free throws. He pitched in three steals as icing on the cake.
As was outlined in our Key Moment section, the Greek Freak also played a major role in shifting the momentum of the contest into Milwaukee’s favor. He scored 11 of his team’s first 13 points to even the score up at 89-89, and his teammates helped to pick him up from there.
This was only Milwaukee’s first game of the season, and only the second day of the NBA’s season as a whole, but the Bucks’ 6-foot-11, matchup nightmare has already drawn a few important letters out of an opposing coach’s mouth.
“That’s an MVP candidate, for sure,” said Brad Stevens.
Yeah, he certainly looked like one Wednesday night.