Giannis emphasizing composure with Bucks on verge of title
The Milwaukee Bucks are one win away from capturing the franchise's first NBA title in 50 years, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is attempting to stay even-keeled leading up to the biggest game of his career.
"It's hard not to get ahead of yourself. But this is the time that you got to be the most disciplined," Antetokounmpo acknowledged Monday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "That's what I'm going to try to do. I'm going to try to be as disciplined as possible. Don't get too excited. Don't get too pumped up for the game. None of that."
Antetokounmpo's brilliant play has helped Milwaukee rattle off three consecutive wins and battle back from an 0-2 series deficit to the Phoenix Suns. The two-time MVP is averaging 32.2 points, 13 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks through the five contests. Antetokounmpo has also delivered a pair of series-altering plays, with a clutch block in Game 4 followed by an alley-oop slam to seal Game 5.
While momentum may currently favor the Bucks, Antetokounmpo knows the job is far from finished and that his squad must continue to remain calm and collected the way it has all postseason.
"As a team, I feel like throughout the year we didn't get too high, we didn't get too low. We kept focusing, building good habits," he said. "I think it comes from, as I said, Coach (Mike Budenholzer), Khris (Middleton), Jrue (Holiday), me, to have that mentality. And then you pass down to the whole team. So we did a really good job.
"Now, is it going to end up well in the championship? Who knows. But no matter how it ends up, I'm really proud of this team. Really proud of all the work we have put in."
The Bucks host Game 6 on Tuesday night. Milwaukee will have plenty of supporters on hand for the potential close-out game, as the team announced 65,000 fans will be permitted to watch from the Deer District outside Fiserv Forum.
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