Giannis Antetokounmpo sounded in shock after Kevin Durant had outdueled the Milwaukee superstar and posted a 49-point triple-double to will the Nets to a 114-108, Game 5 victory at Barclays Center.
“One of the best players to ever play the game,’’ Antetokounmpo said after the Bucks fell into a 3-2 hole by blowing a 17-point lead. “He’s the best player in the world right now. We got to beat him as a team and make him make tough shots. And hopefully he’s going to miss. If coach wants to double him, we’ll double him”
Giannis may have been complementary of Durant, but at least one NBA star is calling him out for ducking him all night.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum pointed out that Giannis is first team all defense, yet did not guard Durant.
The Bucks rarely doubled Durant on the night, which left P.J. Tucker out to dry. When asked if he’d like to have a hand in stopping KD on Thursday, Antetokounmpo said, “Sure I want to take the challenge. Everyone will have a chance to guard him. I’d love in Game 6 to guard him. If coach wants me to do that, I’m ready for it.’’
A terrific 34-point game by the Greek Freak was spoiled and now they face elimination.