Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks looked like they were going to take a 3-1 lead in the series against the Boston Celtics when they were up by 11 points. However, behind the vintage performance of Alhorford Starring as Jason Tatum, Boston went up to win Game 4 and tied the series at two each.
“The Greek Freak” dominated again, finishing with 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. As usual, the Celtics threw the kitchen sink in the six-time All-Star game and still managed to carry his team to victory.
When asked about his reaction to the hugely disappointing loss in a post-match interview, Antetokounmpo answered firmly (via Ben Golliver):
“The thing about the playoffs: You win, you feel good, you lose, you feel bad… No matter how I feel, emotions are for movies, not basketball.”
Giannis spoke like a true champion who’s fought the NBA playoffs for the past several years. No one at the Milwaukee Bucks has been as engaged and devoted as the Greek yet he keeps a keel most of the time.
Antetokounmpo may also have been referring to some kind of “emotionless” in-game feeling. On the field, he constantly shows how passionate he is about the team and the performance of his teammates.
There is no surrender in it and it shows in the usual fits of enthusiasm and celebration.
Antetokounmpo’s emotion-filled performance was evident in the third quarter when Boston Celtics big man Al Horford showed up. The Greek star punctuated his high-profile play by staring at Horford.
The Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics series is back to square one
The defending champion, even without Khris Middleton, is still in contention to win back-to-back titles. With the series tied 2-2, Milwaukee will make another attempt to win at TD Garden to keep pressure on the second-seeded Celtics.
Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks trailed the Phoenix Suns 0-2 in the 2021 NBA Finals but had the poise and tenacity to lock down Phoenix the rest of the way. Winning on the road in the post-season isn’t easy, especially without Middleton, but the Bucks have shown they’re up to the task.
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have shown resilience and resilience over the past three months. On paper, they will have the advantage because all they have to do is defend their home floor starting Game 5.
This is a hard-won, physical and no-holds-barred series where legitimate winners will be hard-pressed to keep their emotions in check, watch movies or not.