Antetokounmpo puts league on notice with win over Celtics

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    Days after reigning finals MVP Kevin Durant stated that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has potential to be the best player the NBA has ever seen, the star forward helped the Bucks open up their season with a huge win against Eastern contenders the Boston Celtics.

    The Celtics home crowd was red hot for the win from the jump with the TD Garden crowd being shown footage prior to the game of injured recruit Gordon Hayward who suffered a sickening leg injury in the first game of the season; letting them know he was OK and wished he could be there for the Celtics’ home opener.

    The game itself however was a back and forth affair with neither team able to maintain a consistent run and both teams outscoring each other each quarter. With neither team being able to solidify themselves as the favourites from the jump, the game became a chippy affair with Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova getting tangled up multiple times with Celtics guard Marcus Smart to the point they had to be separated.

    Dellavedova did get better of the exchanges with Smart getting a technical foul for the play and with Dellavedova outscoring smart 15 to 12 points.

    In what could be classed as a statement performance, Antetokounmpo put the league on notice with a dominating 37 points and 13 rebounds against a team looking to bounce back after their emotion packed first game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    “We always hold the bar high for Giannis,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “For his opening day performance he set the bar high now and we’re going to hold him to that.”

    In what could be an MVP season for Antetokounmpo, the Bucks star has his focus on pushing his young team to finals success. “I think we’re capable of doing big things this year,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’ve just got to stay focused, stay grounded … and try to have the same mentality. We’re the underdogs. We’re not a big market team, we’re not a big team, we’re young, so we’ve just to play with a chip on our shoulder and hopefully this season we can be one of the best teams in the East.”

    For Boston they will be looking to get their team clicking on offense after their season plans would be in disarray with All Star Hayward likely missing the season.

    Boston will be looking for more from Kyrie Irving who underperformed in their home opener shooting a disappointing 7-25 with 2-7 from behind the arc finishing with 17 points.

    Boston will have their opportunity this Saturday to get a notch in the win column with their next game against the youthful 76ers. The Bucks however will be tested against the all star loaded Cavaliers on Saturday 21st.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • October 20th 2017 @ 8:13am
      Not so super said | October 20th 2017 @ 8:13am | ! Report

      81 games plus 2 months of playoffs
      To go
      Talk about jumping the gun

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        October 20th 2017 @ 2:15pm
        Ben Jeffries said | October 20th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        Absolutely agree plenty of time in the season. However coming out and dropping 37 on a last seasons number 1 seed in the east still shows Giannis is coming to play. Celtics aren’t bums they’re a solid team who nearly knocked off cavs in game 1 even after losing Hayward

    • October 20th 2017 @ 5:47pm
      Mike Julz said | October 20th 2017 @ 5:47pm | ! Report

      This guy is something else. I think hes gonna need to team up with a good scoring Center or PF or get another All Star to make a push for the Finals. The guy has what it takes to win it all. Hes gotta need some All Star help, you can’t do it alone now in this league.

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        October 20th 2017 @ 6:10pm
        Ben Jeffries said | October 20th 2017 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

        With Jabari Parker out it does feel they’re missing that extra piece. Be interesting to see if the bucks can get someone else to join the squad as they do need that extra star when Giannis is on the bench. Though I see Brogdon improving more this season as a handy piece

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