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Video: Giannis Antetokounmpo Refuses Marcus Smart's Help Getting Up

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The Boston Celtics have recently defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, evening their series at 2-2. There is no doubt that this was a good team effort from them, and they have a chance to take the lead in the series if they win in Boston.

During the game, a funny moment occurred, where Giannis Antetokounmpo was being helped up by Marcus Smart, but simply couldn't or refused to get up. Marcus Smart subsequently gave up on trying to help Giannis Antetokounmpo up. The end of the video shows Marcus Smart laughing, so he clearly didn't take Giannis Antetokounmpo's actions personally.

There are times when players show their competitive spirit during the game and refuse to accept help or be friendly with opposing players. Perhaps this is one of those times as Giannis Antetokounmpo is well-known for being focused on winning and trying to go into every game and dominate. Giannis Antetokounmpo even previously claimed that he doesn't work out with other players, because he "doesn't want to be buddy with them".

“I can’t be fake. I am Giannis. But calling me MVP, calling me champ, calling me the best player in the world, is something that might hold me back. And I don’t want anything holding me back. I want to look forward and be better. That’s why I don’t train with other players. I don’t want to be buddy with them. If we do this and then drink a coffee with them, can I go in the court and use my elbow against them? Can I block or dunk on them? I can’t cause I am authentic. If I love someone, I love him also on the court. I am fully aware of that and I don’t want to put myself in this position.”

The Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks series has been very competitive as expected, even without Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton being available. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been showing why he's the best player in the world, while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have proven that everyone should take notice of who they are.

It remains to be seen who wins this series. As of now, it could swing either way, and we'll have to wait until Game 5 to see who throws the next punch and takes the lead in the series.