The strategy runs contradictory to the wall-building opposing defenses typically do against Antetokounmpo, but not something totally foreign to Antetokounmpo. Two seasons ago, in coach Mike Budenholzer’s first season with the Bucks, the 76ers tried a similar strategy with Joel Embiid playing the role Jordan played Sunday against the Bucks. In those two games, Antetokounmpo put up a career-high 52 points in a 130-125 loss on March 17, 2019, and then scored 45 points in a 128-122 win on April 4, 2019. When asked about the strategy by The Athletic postgame, Antetokounmpo had a little fun. “It’s hard,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t like when teams play me one-on-one. I don’t like it all.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Brian Robb: Celtics have officially locked up the No. 7 seed in East with losses tonight by Hornets and Pacers. They will host No. 8 seed on Tuesday night at Garden in play-in tournament.
Scott Agness: Bucks continue their dominance over the Pacers, winning 142-133. Pacers severely undermanned. T.J. McConnell scored a career-high 23pts. JHoliday (had his best offensive night as a Pacer: 26pts, 8 made 3s. Giannis with 40/15. Up next: vs Lakers on Sat.
Law Murray: 113-90 Clippers win in Charlotte means that Phoenix won’t be clinching the division tonight. Clippers in Houston tomorrow. They’re done with the Eastern Conference… unless they win the Western Conference Finals.
Mirjam Swanson: Nic Batum on Ty’s insistence that he let it fly: “I just let the game come to me, I just try to make the right play… I don’t try to force. I haven’t shot in five minutes, I have to take a shot. No.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
Last week, The Post reported that Webber’s return for next year was very much in question. There had been no contract negotiations. There was a feeling that TNT did not want him back and maybe he didn’t want to return.
Nick Friedell: JTA: “I’m a Warrior for life. Regardless if I’m here the rest of my career or I’m just here for another year, this is always going to be a part of my heart and a part of me…I grew up idolizing Larry Hughes, now I get to play with Stephen Curry.”