Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken his game to a whole never level this season as he leads the Milwaukee Bucks towards another playoffs experience. After a nine-point victory over the Indiana Pacers, Antetokounmpo let the entire basketball world know that there isn’t a single player in the league that can stop him without help from their teammates.
When asked by reporters after the game about whether he enjoyed matching up against Thaddeus Young since some believe that the Pacers forward can contain him, Giannis was anything but modest.
Via Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel:
“Oh, come on man. Thaddeus Young, he’s a great guy, first of all. Amazing player, amazing teammate, plays hard. At the end of the day, I’m not trying to sound arrogant and cocky because that’s not who I am, but I don’t think there’s one guy that can stop me. It’s going to be a whole team effort. They’ve got to load, they’ve got to double-team me. When I get to the paint, three guys swarm at me. That’s the only way. They’ve got to all work together to stop me from making plays—not getting points, from making plays. But he’s a great defensive guy.”
Antetokounmpo finished the game with a triple-double, 33 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists while shooting 12 from 22 from the field. Young is such a dominant defensive player and the entire Pacers team are one of the best defensive teams in the league, so it certainly makes the Bucks superstar’s performance even better.
The young big man may be quite arrogant but a lot of it is justified, standing at 6 foot 11, Giannis is arguably unstoppable in the paint and a nightmare for all opponents.
The Milwaukee Bucks are currently first in the Eastern Conference Standings with a massive opportunity to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. The key for their potential postseason success may rely all on how well Antetokounmpo can play against the best of the best.