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Actually, although he had scored 28 points in the 107 – 103 loss vs the Miami Heat, it as like nothing mattered more to him than Thanasis finally gaining entry in the NBA. “I was about to cry. I was having tears when he told me,” said Giannis, trying to describe how he reacted when he heard the news “I didn’t believe it. I was like, ‘Really? You’re lying to me. “He made his debut and I’m really proud of him. He had his first two points in Madison Square Garden like me. I had my first points in Madison Square Garden (against the Knicks in 2013). It’s a great day for our family.”
Yes, Giannis actually conducted an entire press conference while holding up his phone, showing his brother on a video call. And he did it well! Thanasis did a solid job in his role as supporting actor, chiming in with an answer or two of his own.
The pressing issue for Antetokounmpo and 24-year-old point guard Michael Carter-Williams — the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year whom Milwaukee acquired last season from Philadelphia — is to develop their shooting range. Antetokounmpo is attempting just 1.4 3-pointers (converting 26.1 percent) and Carter-Williams is down to 0.8 attempts (32 percent). “The Greek Freak” is averaging a career-best 15.3 points and he and Carter-Williams rank in the top 50 in drives to the basket. “I don’t think I can say it is my safer option,” Antetokounmpo said of his driving. “I think it is my strength. Coach wants us to play to our strength, so that’s what I try to do. I know sometimes I might be open but I don’t feel it — I don’t feel like I’m going to make this jump shot, so I don’t take it. Because if I don’t feel like I’m going to make it, (that’s when) I don’t make it. So I just try to play through my strengths.”
“Giannis is a good shot-blocker today, and he’s going to be a great shot-blocker,” Hammond said. “He can be an excellent defensive rebounder with his overall length and his ability to stay in front of people.” The Bucks aren’t finished filling out their roster, either. Another top 10 pick could be on the way in June. Five of their top six scorers in double-figures are 25 or younger, and it is not inconceivable that the continuing growth of Middleton and Carter-Williams transforms the team-minded Monroe into the Bucks’ No. 4 or No. 5 player — which would make them formidable.
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped a tooth in the first quarter Saturday as he tried to block a shot and fell hard to the floor, landing on his face. He was able to return to the game and had 11 points and nine rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Timberwolves. Prunty said Antetokounmpo took part in the Bucks’ light practice session Sunday but was scheduled for a dental appointment later in the day. “The intent is for him to be there (Monday), but obviously I don’t know,” Prunty said.