Giannis ready for ‘toughest’ ever NBA challenge

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much As 22 teams prepare to head for Orlando for the NBA’s restart on July 30, some critics have argued that the four-month pandemic shutdown means there will forever be an asterisk against the eventual winners.Antetokounmpo, however, is in the opposite camp insisting that the unique circumstances of the campaign make it the “toughest” NBA championship in history to claim.“I feel like a lot of people say that there’s gonna be a star next to this championship,” reigning NBA MVP Antetokounmpo said on a conference call according to ESPN.“I feel like, at the end of the day, this is gonna be the toughest championship you could ever win – because the circumstances are really, really tough right now. So, whoever wants it more is going to be able to go out there and take it.”NBA teams playing in Orlando will be kept in a “bubble” at Disney World for the remainder of the season, with limited family contact during this time, according to reports.Antetokounmpo believes that will only add to the challenge over the final months of the season.“I feel like, as I said before, this is the toughest title,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, you go somewhere without your family for four months, three months, and you haven’t played basketball for three-and-a-half, four months.“Obviously, whoever team wants it more, has gotta be mentally prepared for all the situations and gotta go out there and execute.“Whoever wants it more, whoever is mentally prepared for all this, what’s going on in Orlando, that’s the team that’s gonna come out on top.”Antetokounmpo meanwhile is unfazed by the escalating coronavirus situation in Florida, where cases have skyrocketed in the weeks since the NBA confirmed its return to action.“Everybody has concerns about their health,” he said. “Nobody wants to put themselves in risk out there, but at the end of the day, that’s what the NBA chose, and we’re gonna resume the games, and we’ve all gotta do our job.Giannis Antetokounmpo says winning this year’s NBA championship will be harder than everRead Also: West Ham stun Chelsea, Aubameyang fires Arsenal revival“And my job is to play basketball and go out there and support my teammates, and represent the city. But for sure, I think me, my teammates, my family – especially my mom – everybody has concerns about our health, and my health.”The Bucks head into the restart as the favorites to reach the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference. The Bucks led the East by 6.5 games when the season was halted in March, with a record of 53 wins and only 12 losses.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo believes winning this season’s NBA crown will be harder than ever, dismissing suggestions a championship victory will be diminished by the coronavirus shutdown.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Clippers’ Paul George needs be grim reaper vs. Lakers in playoffs

first_imgBut George’s inconsistent play has quietly been a cause for concern — he entered Sunday having scored 15 or fewer points in four of his past seven appearances. He has 11 such outings this year; he had four last year. That made his scoring outburst in a losing effort against the Lakers on Sunday afternoon reassuring.George needs to replicate his nationally televised output against the Lakers come playoff time when he likely clashes against LeBron James and Anthony Davis with far more on the line. He was assertive driving to the bucket and efficient with his jumper, pouring in a game-high 31 points on 9-of-16 shooting. He also picked up three steals and a block. His effort helped the Clippers hang around in an eventual 112-103 defeat despite the supporting cast around George and Kawhi Leonard shooting an abysmal 30.7 percent from the field.MORE: The secret behind the Bucks’ elite defenseThe Clippers have received praise for improving their depth midseason relative to the Lakers. They’ve added Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson, while the Lakers brought in Markieff Morris and Dion Waiters. A marginal edge in bench production probably won’t determine a heavyweight Western Conference finals meeting, though. It will instead be settled by the stars on each side.At his best, George is the ideal fit for a team trying to unseat the kings of LA. He forms a destructive defensive duo with Leonard as capable of slowing down James as any team could be. He causes his own matchup problems at the other end.The forward’s all-around game clicked on Sunday in a way it hasn’t often of late.He pushed the ball into the paint and finished through contact.🗣 COUNT IT @Yg_Trece , plus one!— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 8, 2020He hit his open 3-pointers. . @Yg_Trece has a firm handle on things.— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 8, 2020He was able to slice up defenders in one-on-one iso situations.. @Yg_Trece has a firm handle on things.— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 8, 2020That the Lakers won despite George’s big game could be viewed as worrisome for the Clippers.But the Clippers should be relieved to see George turn out with a vintage performance in a marquee game, knowing how much they’ll need him in their push for a championship. He was a dominant force against the first-place team in the West. He’ll need to be lethal against his crosstown rival should they meet in a couple of months. The Clippers traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — possibly a future All-NBA player — and a host of unprotected draft picks to Oklahoma City this past summer so they could secure Paul George, a lockdown, versatile defender with a killer offensive game.From afar, the deal has been a success. The Clippers are 43-20, and they will almost certainly be a top-four seed in the Western Conference.last_img read more