Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Giannis Antetokounmpo flects on the Bucks’ Game 1 loss vs. Nets | NBA on ESPN
So how did did that change much for you guys on the fly there when james was out so early uh. Did it affect your rhythm at all? Maybe uh defensively, i don’t, think so um you know it’s the other game plan. They still have the uh great players out there um. You know a game plan on kd, a game plan on caddy on blake, all those guys joe harris was still the same. You know and uh the other day we got to focus on ourselves and trying to compete as much as possible, make it as hard as possible for them um. So the gameplay was still the same. Mentioning focus on yourselves. Was it a was it as simple as just the shots didn’t go in, because you look at some of the numbers like points in the paint rebounding offensive rebounds some of the there were some evens or advantages to your end, other than three point shooting or shooting In general, oh, i think it was a little bit of everything shot being going. Um uh did not compete as hard as we wanted um defensively. I think i got ta step that up a little bit, uh more make it as tough for them as possible. Um. You know in my opinions, was basically the same same game like game one against miami. You know a little bit didn’t play for the week. Everybody had you know the adrenaline going, the jitters and uh Music wasn’t able to you, know calm down as a team, and you know take a a breath and uh.
You know play that our way and find our shots, but uh. Obviously, in that game, we’re able to win that game, but now you know you’re playing with a team, that’s uh way better offensively, and then they made they made a lot of shots. So uh we just got to come out game to do a better job. Eric name, what were you kind of seeing offensively tonight? It felt like when you were getting the ball on the wing or, like the side cleared out you, you kind of had some spots to attack and then in the middle, a little bit more congested. Just kind of what did you see offensively just i’m? You know trying to make the that i play um. You know for myself, uh going downhill get to get to a spot um. You know. If i see a lot of people in front of me, try to find that i pass and uh get my teammates going uh but yeah you know um. Obviously i’ve played played against them three times uh. You know. Whenever you get in the plane, they’re going to try to reach tried to push um, try to you know game on the spin. Try to get a charge, you know they’re just um doing a good job. You know to you know, try to keep me guessing, but um we got to keep keep being nice. You got to keep attacking, keep getting that he’ll keep screaming for one another.
Keep looking for uh the open guy, keep knocking down shots, just keep being asking playing together, keep believing ourselves and um we’re going we’re going to be okay. I hope we’re going to be okay. You mentioned trying to get your teammates going. I think chris was like 6 of 23 tonight. Drew was 7 of 19.. What can you do to try to help get those two in particular going? I know with the shooters it’s a little bit easier for me to comprehend, like you’ll. Kick them open shots, but with chris and drew, how do you help them get better screens for them? Hopefully they go downhill, um shoot the pocket two or the pocket. Three uh just get them open. Um, you know going with defensive rebound. I can do a better job running, so i can create a lot of attention, so they can find driving lanes to uh. Do the thing uh. When i have the ball, i can do a better job. You know finding them, so they can get like wide open. Threes, um just keep keep playing, keep playing one another keep playing, you know, keep playing together and keep touching one another. I think that’s going to be the key for us and um we’re going, i hope, we’re going to shoot the ball better. You never know what’s going to happen, but i hope that going to game two we’re going to shoot the ball better as a team we will make.
Hopefully we can make more threes uh play better defense and give ourselves a chance to win the game defensively. Butted kind of puts you on kyrie to start the game. What’D you think of that challenge. Obviously we don’t often see you just have the point guard as your assignment uh. Obviously, one of the best point guards in the league uh, really crafty, um pump fakes. A lot of fun pump, fakes uh you got ta, be really careful with him. You go you’re gon na get in foul trouble. If you, you know, put your hands in the regional there, but uh obviously it’s a tough challenge. You know, but uh um. What i love is the challenge and what i love is to compete, and you know whatever coach uh, whatever assignment he gives me i’m going to have to execute this as the best as i can uh, and just try to make the stuff as possible for him Or for whoever i got zora stevenson, you all have had nights before where you’ve been successful, despite what you shoot shoot from the three point line, you kind of spoke to game, one versus miami. What do you feel like you all have done in the past? In those situations that maybe can carry over the next time, hopefully it doesn’t happen, but the next time it may happen what what do we usually do when we just shoot the ball good and we’ll win games? Exactly like i mean miami game, one right.
You guys weren’t necessarily shooting well from the outside, but you still came up with the win and i know you’re talking about it’s different talent. But still what do you do in those situations? We rely on our defense to try to get stopped as much as possible, but uh. Obviously you know nothing against any players. You know now we’re playing against one of the best players in the world and one of the best squares to ever touch. You know you know the ball, so so it’s a little bit harder. You know and obviously we don’t try to do a better job getting stops, but in the miami game we need the ball better. We were able to get offensive rebounds. We were able to get stops, but the italian level you know, was wasn’t the same now: we’re playing against nokia kd joe harris one of the best shooters in the league, so it’s it’s a little bit it’s a little bit different it’s a little bit more hard. But at the end of the day you know we love the challenge. We’Re gon na stay together, we’re gon na play together um. Hopefully we can give give ourselves a chance to win game two keep playing hard given the talent level. I know you all are always focused on defense, but does that make offense even more important when you’re playing people that can score almost at will? Does that make the bucks offense even more important and put pressure on you guys to score? I think the first we’re going to, i think we are very talented team.
We have guys that can uh get downhill shoot. The three guys can have great touch very good offensively, but uh bq for our team is that we got ta. We got ta guard defensively together. You know, especially against this team, if we don’t do it together, defensively uh, we’re gon na put ourselves in a very tough position to win games, but if we guard defensively uh together, we’re gon na have a chance to uh figure. It out offensively like we always know all right, one more to tim bontemps. I got us two things quick. I was curious. I think you guys had eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter and then i think, seven, the rest of the game. I was curious if brooklyn did anything um differently, as the game went on, to keep you guys off the boards and in terms of blake griffin, he obviously made a big impact today beyond his shooting. Do you is there anything you guys have to do to try to match his energy inside? It seemed like he was pretty active on the boards and kind of getting after his balls and stuff um. I think uh offensively for the official rebounds. I was able to you know, go to the board as much as possible. Obviously we don’t want to get all of them, we’re able to get 15 in the game that which is pretty very, very good um. You know defensively right now. I don’t know what the adjustment is going to be might not might not adjust.
We got ta, go back, uh watch the tape, um see what we can do better and if coach wants to adjust something we’ll adjust something we’re going to try to do whatever it takes to uh, to win and to uh make the stop for them as possible.