3 areas Giannis Antetokounmpo must improve against the Boston Celtics

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No. 2 – Giannis Antetokounmpo must commit fewer turnovers

This is something that Giannis was good at in the regular season, but has struggled with so far in the playoffs. In the regular season, Antetokounmpo committed his fewest turnovers per game (3.3) and fewest charges per 100 possessions (0.5) since 2017-18.

However, in the playoffs, Giannis is committing about 2.5 times as many offensive fouls per 100 possessions as he was in the regular season and about 3.5 times as many as he did in last year’s playoffs. An even crazier stat is that Giannis already has committed more offensive fouls (13) than he did in the entire playoff run last year (12). Something he did so well last year in the playoffs has once again turned into an area he struggles with.

Antetokounmpo now has at least four turnovers in five out of seven playoff games this year, and he has 11 turnovers already in the first two games of this series. His average of 4.1 turnovers per game in these playoffs is definitely not going to cut it.

Defenses are going to get physical with Giannis whenever he gets into the paint because it’s very difficult to stop him once he gets down there. Antetokounmpo must work on trying to remain under control, taking care of the ball, and being smart about his decision-making.

The ball is in Giannis’ hands a lot, even more than usual with Khris Middleton out. He must make good decisions and be careful with the ball in his hands.