They lasted five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Miami Heat with leading star and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sitting out Game 5 and most of Game 4 due to his ankle injury.
"It's not happening. That's not happening", Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports. That's not happening. Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it.
Such a statement from Pierce sounds ludicrous, as the Bucks finished with the best record in the National Basketball Association powered by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Defensive Player of the Year and presumptive MVP. "We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season". Even with that, though, Giannis has not lost faith.
But it'll be hard for those other teams to send enough that the Bucks willingly forgo their shots at winning the 2021 championship and keeping Antetokounmpo long-term. We lost. Everyone saw that we lost. "I get it. But this is why we brought Jimmy Butler here, it is why we brought the veterans Andre (Iguodala) and Jae (Crowder)". "That's what we're going to continue to do".
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Giannis Antetokounmpo said he wouldn't force a trade from the Bucks. "I've got confidence in my teammates".
Earlier in the day it was announced that Giannis was named to the All-NBA Defensive Team and Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez were named to the Second Team.
The 25-year-old could become an unrestricted free agent after next season if he decides against signing a contract extension this off-season.