With a 3-2 lead in the series, the Raptors had a 25-point lead midway through the third quarter of Game 6 against the Bucks. Then the young Bucks made a furious comeback and were down by just three with 15 seconds on the clock. And this is where the Bucks and the 22-year old Giannnis Antetokounmpo showed their inexperience.
Out of timeouts, with the 6’0 Kyle Lowry on him, 6’11 Antetokounmpo passed on a three and ended up dunking with just three seconds left on the clock. The Bucks fouled DeRozan, who calmly sank two free throws for points 31 and 32. The Bucks then had to make a miracle three with three seconds left and ended up turning the ball over.
Although it was a bad decision for Antetokounmpo to go for two, I’m going to blame the Bucks free-throw shooting (9 for 18) in the final quarter for the loss and not Antetokounmpo, who finished the game with a game-high 34 points, 9 boards, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
“We always talk about the little things, and when we look at this it comes down to just free throws,” coach Jason Kidd said after the loss. “We don’t need to overanalyze it. We got to the stripe and we just couldn’t capitalize on that.”
Antetokounmpo also addressed the media and said he feels the Bucks have caught the attention of the league and “to be honest with you, we thought we were the better team.”