“We want everybody to cherish this moment because we are built for this,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s why we are here. No matter the pressure, no matter what’s going on, we are built for this. We believe in who we are. No matter what happens, win or lose, we’ll stay together and we’re just going to go out there and compete.” Antetokounmpo delivered for the Bucks in the series finale against the Nets with 40 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. For the series, he averaged 28.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Against Brooklyn, Antetokounmpo averaged 40.1 minutes per game, the most he has averaged in any series and by far the most he has averaged since Budenholzer became coach in 2018. Antetokounmpo played 50 of 53 minutes in Game 7. “I’ve prepared my body all year for moments like that, being able to play 40 minutes, 42, 45, 48, whatever it may be, 53,” he said. “(Budenholzer) knows the way I am. If I get tired I’m going to let him know. If I get tired and I need a 30-second break or a minute-break, usually we have a great way to communicate about that – that he can pull me out and put me right back.”
Also included in the list are Miye Oni (Utah Jazz), OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors), KZ Okpala (Miami Heat), Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Udoka Azubuike (Utah Jazz), Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons). Others are Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Gabe Vincent (Miami Heat), Al-Farouq Aminu (Chicago Bulls), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks) and Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings).
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Tomorrow all eyes will be on Milwaukee, as the Bucks kick off the Eastern Conference championship, but some residents and businesses are concerned after an increase in violence downtown. “Fights, drunk driving, seeing a lot of people running the red light here, shootings.” That’s how one man, who owns a condo just off Water Street, describes what he sees on weekends. The man, who did not want to be identified, says he is fed up with the increase in crime in the area — and sent a letter to the mayor and Fire and Police Commission but didn’t get a response. “I would just like to see a detail level plan, not only just Water Street, the entire city, because the crime is extreme these days,” he said.
Mayor Barrett says he is working with city leaders and talked to Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Norman Monday night. “I understand and agree with concern we should have more police and we are working to do that,” Mayor Barrett said. The mayor also addressed reports that police were told to “not be heavy-handed” and concerns that it’s impacting officers’ ability to police effectively. “I want our police to be even-handed,” Mayor Barrett said. “I want them to be effective and I want them to be fair. I don’t want them to be heavy-handed and cause problems, creating backlash.”