Last night, Giannis Antetokounmpo had one of the best games of his career. He knocked down 40+ points for the second NBA Finals game in a row. Very few players have achieved that – six, including Antetokounmpo – and Michael Jordan is the only player to ever put up four 40-point Finals games, which he did in 1993.
When asked if he was looking to join Jordan in the record books, Antetokounmpo responded “I’m not Michael Jordan,” and carried on with his humble interview.
While Antetokounmpo isn’t one to brag, his teammates, coach and even opponent couldn’t help but talk about his performance and how remarkable it was – especially considering one week ago, No. 34 looked like he might be out for the season with a knee injury.
Here’s what they said during the post-game interviews:
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1. Bobby Portis
#9, MILWAUKEE BUCKS
“Giannis in particular man, he’s a relentless hard worker. He gives his all to the team. He’s selfless man, and when you play like that and you wanna win, I think the basketball god just always rewards you.”
And also …
“I just think whoever gave him the nickname the Greek Freak did a great job of that, for real. It’s different out there, like how he’s playing out there playing on it [his knee] and doing all these different things and just being himself man. I’m just saying, that’s just rare. That’s really special of him to put his body of the line for the team and just go out there doing the things that he’s doing. It’s fun playing with him, man, but he’s an even better person off the court, always smiling and laughing and playing. It’s a joy being around him every day.”
#22, MILWAUKEE BUCKS
“For me, I mean I’ve been with him for years now, and I’ve seen him do a lot of stuff like this. I said this earlier but it doesn’t really surprise me. Like I said, I’ve been seeing him do this for awhile now. It’s just now it’s on a bigger stage and now everyone’s getting a chance to see what he goes through, how he’s hurt and he still finds a way to compete you know and be productive and be dominant at the same time.”
3. Jrue Holiday
#21, MILWAUKEE BUCKS
“I haven’t been hear as long as Khris, but in the time I’ve been here, it doesn’t surprise me, either. The way he works, there’s times where we have to tell him to chill and practice or shoot around. So, no, him doing this isn’t a surprise at all.”
4. Coach Bud
COACH, MILWAUKEE BUCKS
“When we’re at our best, when Giannis is at his best, it’s a little bit of both. He’s a great playmaker, he’s a great passer, he’s a great screener. He does so many things, and I think when he’s conscious of doing a little bit of everything, he’s very capable, and that’s when he’s at his best.”
5. Chris Paul
#3, PHOENIX SUNS
“It’s tough man, Giannis coming at you full speed, like a running back, so he’s trying to put his hands up but it’s tough.”