Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has perfectly reasonable explanation for first-quarter subs in NBA Finals games


Once you gotta go, you gotta go — even when you’re enjoying within the NBA Finals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been spectacular within the Bucks’ previous two video games in opposition to the Suns, however he has gotten off to gradual begins in every of Milwaukee’s wins. The 2-time NBA MVP left Recreation 3 on the 8:30 mark of the primary interval, solely to return minutes later, resulting in hypothesis about his well being and conditioning. 

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“I simply wished to take a breather and are available again. Loads of depth. I used to be simply — take a break,” Antetokounmpo mentioned after Recreation 3 when requested why he got here out. “I’ve at all times mentioned with coach [Mike Budenholzer], like say, ‘Coach, if I want like 30 seconds, one minute, I will let you already know.’ And I feel that was a time I wanted, like, 30 seconds to a minute simply to catch my breath and get again to the sport. There was nothing mistaken with me.”

Budenholzer subbed out Antetokounmpo at virtually precisely the identical level of Recreation 4, however when a reporter as soon as once more posed the query to Antetokounmpo on Wednesday night time, he supplied a unique rationalization.

“How do you guys say politely? I wished to take a tinkle,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “A tinkle? Yeah, I wished to take a tinkle and got here again. That is well mannered, proper? Each video games. I wished to take a tinkle and went again.”

Hey, thriller solved — and nice job by Antetokounmpo to maintain his response rated PG.

These rest room breaks could have briefly slowed down Antetokounmpo in each contests, however he has been ending sturdy. After a 41-point effort in Recreation 3, “The Greek Freak” posted 26 factors, 14 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks in Recreation 4.

Perhaps Budenholzer ought to maintain that very same substitution sample for Recreation 5. It has labored properly for the Bucks thus far.


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