Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 122-114 loss to the Boston Celtics

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 26 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams
Mar 26, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles mightily in the Milwaukee Bucks’ loss to Celtics

Before this two-game set with the Celtics, Giannis Antetokounmpo had seemingly been ascending in every MVP ladder, but his stock has certainly dropped since.

After struggling Wednesday in the victory, Antetokounmpo once again failed to build up any momentum in last night’s loss. Giannis looked like a shell of himself as he finished with just 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 1-of-3 from deep. Some credit undoubtedly goes towards Boston’s defense for keeping the two-time MVP in check, but attempting just 12 shots is still far below his typical quota this season.

When Antetokounmpo did show a burst of aggression and had a chance to add some extra points at the foul line, he was able to go 3-for-6, which certainly did not help his confidence. Perhaps he is still trying to shake off the rust after sitting out Milwaukee’s blowout win over the Indiana Pacers Monday night due to knee soreness.

Hopefully, this is just a sluggish two-game skid for Antetokounmpo, and his subpar performances can motivate him to get the wheels turning in the right direction once again with a quick turnaround tonight.

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Giannis is always looking ahead, and right now, his eyes are on getting back in the win column against the New York Knicks. It should be a great game between two teams currently fighting for positioning in the loaded Eastern Conference, and you can catch the action at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.