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NBA TV viewership dropped significantly in the U.S. during its playoffs — finals ratings were down 49% year-over-year — but the league’s continued investment in international markets helped buoy its popularity. The Philippines drew the largest viewership of any international market for the NBA, averaging 1.3 million viewers through the playoffs and 4.1 million viewers during the finals. NBA awareness in the Philippines is nearly 98% and there are 2 million participants in the country’s Jr. NBA program. Typically, China is the league’s biggest market outside the U.S. As a result of ongoing disputes with the country, NBA games were not on China’s state-run TV network CCTV until Game 5 of the finals. CCTV drew an estimated 25 million viewers per game for the 2019 NBA Finals. Top 5 International NBA League Pass Markets: Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Spain.

The pass was swatted away, Antetokounmpo fouled out and the Greeks eventually lost 79-76. The man who swatted that alley-oop away and looked over Antetokounmpo as his team’s hopes slipped away that day? That’s right: Bruno Caboclo. After the Bucks’ 127-114 win in Memphis on Friday night, Antetokounmpo recalled a conversation he had with former Kings forward and Greek teammate Georgios Papagiannis after that September game. “Oh, yeah. I marked this game,” Antetokounmpo said. “When we lost to Brazil, (Papagiannis) told me he’s playing for Memphis. And I was like, ‘OK, cool. Watch the game.’”
Coach Aleksandar Petrovic was very proud of his guys including the 39-year-old Alex Garcia who played terrific defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo: “Why this sport is wonderful? On the other side, you have a guy who won the MVP, he’s 23 years old and who stops him tonight?! The guy who is 40 years old and kicks his a** on the court! That’s basketball!”, the coach said while slapping his hand on the table euphorically.