Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Giannis Antetokounmpo Interview – Game 4 | Bucks vs Magic | August 24, 2020 NBA Playoffs
I know no one believes in chris, probably more than you, but just what was it like to kind of watch him take over there in the fourth quarter? It was nice, it was uh, it was good. It was good seeing chris uh like down shot just being himself. I told him when he came out. I think in the end of the third quarter. I think in the end of the third quarter, just told him, i said, shoot the ball until your arms fall off like just keep being aggressive. He does my shooting every time you touch it just shoot it every time, eventually, it’s gon na go in. I know you know that’s, not the solution but that’s, something that you got to tell to a guy like chris, because he gives him confidence. He knows that we believe in him. We believe that he’s going to come out and be not be aggressive, make that our play get big buckets for us and we needed to do that all you know this game, the next game, all season, long, all players long. So just we want chris to keep being aggressive. I know chris is so big on making the right play that you know if they blitz him. He’S gon na dribble out he’s gon na make the right pass or if a double team comes he’s gon na make the right pass. Do you sometimes like there, you kind of told him hey man? It might not be the right play, but we need you to shoot.
Is that kind of a message every once in a while you have to give to chris. I think the message you got to give to chris because chris is a basketball player. You know he’s a great scorer, but i don’t think he’s a basketball player he’s going to make the right play um. The best you got to give him is that, like, as i said earlier, is that i told him to shoot the ball every time you touch like you got ta. Let him know that the team needs him to be aggressive. You know you got ta, let him know that we are riding with you. You know, mr make. This is what we’re going to live with. You know uh, and especially like a guy like chris, that gets horrible, like he’s, capable to score the ball. At any point you go, you got ta, you got ta tell him that matt blaskas, hey honest uh. You know in some ways this game felt a little bit similar to game one and that the magic were playing hard. They were playing really well shooting really well, and they were sticking with you guys, uh, and then you guys were able to finish it off unlike game one. So how far do you think you guys have come from game one to now and the way that you guys are playing and approaching and handling these games? I think we found our identity again, which is play defense.
You know no matter if we call the ball or not we’re just going to keep defending you know. Obviously they made a run. They made a lot of threes but uh we just tried. We tried to make it as tough uh as possible for them and we never lost our composure on the defensive end. We never like took a step back when they started making shots. We just kept our energy high and uh. On offense, we figured out we played together. You know, i think, when you play defense and uh, you get that energy from the whole team. You know guardian uh, i think office become becomes a lot easier eric what year you honest before the game. You know not really basketball, i related you know in wisconsin it was protest. After you know, a black man was shot there. You know by police uh just kind of your thoughts on that situation. Did you get a chance to check out the video? I know you locked in in playoff mode, but you know has that affected you in any way, just seeing that situation or had you saw it at all, i haven’t seen it at all i’m, not on social media um, not on my phone i’m, not aware of It uh, but obviously no i’m, not aware of something. So i don’t want to comment on it, but uh. You know that now you know you guys saw me, you know i’ll, try to process it and uh see what uh happened.
Uh did happen. Last night um you have it last night yeah it happened last night he was he was. He was shot by the police there and uh yeah man he’s chatting back in the car. You know i got ta, you know i got ta go back and uh look at it and uh. You can ask me the same question next game and uh. You know i have asked for you. I appreciate it. Man, laurie nickel, hey giannis, you know. George hill has had a knack for knocking down the timely threes, but what about the addition, this year of kyle, korver and wesley? What have they meant to you guys, especially since they’re newcomers? You know trying to come off the bench mob or starting from the um. A starter: what do they meant from the three point area? It’S, big, big, all the guys can knock down the shot. Three shots: uh they’re playing great uh it’s easy to play off them, it’s easy to play with me, but it makes the game a lot easier for me and bled and for chris, because if you have great shooters uh the triple my way to knock down shots, You have so many driving lanes, it’s just harder harder to uh. You know for the difference to cars, so you know: they’ve been playing, amazing they’ve been knocked down shots, but the most important thing that both of them do and the rest of the team does – is that they play defense like it starts from defense.
You know they compete, they compete really hard and uh on offense. They. You know spin split to the corner space, the floor for everybody and now they’re ready, they’re, ready all night and when you pass them, the ball they’re ready to knock it down and they’ve been like they’ve been knocking down shots. Um four games now uh last one to kane, pittman, hey giannis, uh bledsoe again had a really important stretch. It felt like in the second quarter, where he was scoring. He was being aggressive. Obviously, he’s he’s had an interrupted preparation with the with the covert situation, but how important is it for you guys to continue to keep him aggressive and attacking the way he does, because it does feel like it takes you guys to another level. It’S important wait hold on what the kobe 19 had to do, with the lead being aggressive. No, no i just mean i just mean that his preparation’s been interrupted. He’S he’s come from behind you guys. I don’t think i don’t think i don’t think that changed the way he played no okay. I i got you so uh. It’S it’s blend is being big for us, especially in the second quarter. He was talking to everybody. He was trying to go downhill uh. He was uh calling plays, he was knocking down shots, he was making the right, you know pass and that’s that’s what we need from that uh this game, the next game.
Until the end of this you know uh, playoff, uh, he’s, playing, amazing and uh. We need him to do that. Every game, hey! Thank you guys.