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


While you gotta go, you gotta go — even should 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 needed to take a breather and are available again. A number of depth. I used to be simply — take a break,” Antetokounmpo stated 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 would like like 30 seconds, one minute, I’ll let you understand.’ 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 unsuitable 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 provided a unique clarification.

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

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

These lavatory breaks could have briefly slowed down Antetokounmpo in each contests, however he has been ending robust. 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.

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


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