Focused Antetokounmpo on a roll

WASHINGTON (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t recognize he and the Milwaukee Bucks had actually won 9 of 10 and wasn’t absolutely particular the Philadelphia 76ers remain in top place in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA’s back-to-back ruling MVP isn’t looking too far ahead. Playoffs? Playoffs? Antetokounmpo isn’t even concentrated on the Bucks’ very first video game this season versus the 76ers showing up Wednesday night.

”I’m anticipating taking my day of rest tomorrow, enjoy my pepperoni pizza, my shake, my chicken wings,” he stated. ”When the time comes, we’re gonna have a tactical plan, coach is gonna provide us the strategy and I understand my group is gonna be all set. I’m gonna attempt to be all set, too.”

A hyper-focused on the minute technique is assisting Antetokounmpo play a few of his finest basketball. Antetokounmpo has actually signed up 3 successive triple-doubles because being called MVP of the All-Star Video game, and the Bucks are rolling along with him.

”It’s great things by Giannis, for sure,” coach Mike Budenholzer stated. ”He’s got a fantastic feel for the video game. I believe the method he’s playing with the pass, the method his colleagues are shooting, the 3-point risks that are out there, I believe he sets the table the entire video game and he reads it well. And, late, he has the ability to make the plays and surface.”

Antetokounmpo gets rid of the concept he has an inherent impulse of when to pass the ball and when to take control of a video game. He insists he’s not Kobe Bryant or league-leading scorer Bradley Beal, however rather simply ”a basketball gamer.”

That’s simply part of his effort this season to remain in today.

”When I’m gonna be taking my nap, going through my regular, going through movie, taking my 20-minute walk every day, I’m gonna remain in that minute,” he stated. ”I have actually done a much better job this year simply enjoying this minute and not letting my mind check out as much and begin thinking of playoffs, result, champion, no champion due to the fact that at the end of the day, this is a demanding job that we’re doing. You’re gonna tension yourself out.”

Antetokounmpo isn’t worrying about another early playoff exit, 6 months because Milwaukee was bounced by Miami in the 2nd round of the NBA’s bubble at Disney World. He’s positive he’ll be all set when that circumstance develops later on this spring.

His next difficulty is a match at Philadelphia, which will not have MVP prospect Joel Embiid due to the fact that of a bruised left knee.

”Seeing Embiid head out, we understand we still can’t take them gently,” forward Khris Middleton stated. ”It’s certainly a video game that I believe everyone’s anticipating.”

Antetokounmpo understands the secret is playing great defense, however in his maturation procedure, he’s likewise more concerned about the procedure than the outcome.

”Are they No. 1 in the East? it’s gonna be a hard one,” he stated. ”Ideally we can make some shots and no matter the result simply leave Philly much better and simply attempt to end the trip on an excellent note. Not winning – playing great basketball. Keep in mind that.”

Couple of groups are playing in addition to the Bucks, who have lost as soon as because Feb. 19, and led Antetokounmpo to state, ”9 for 10? Yeahhhh, that’s 90%!”

The happiness is revealing on the court.

”We do not wish to, (however) we’re gonna have a bad stretch, too,” he stated. ”At the end of the day, we’re having a good time. We’re enjoying what we’re doing today.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.