Giannis Antetokounmpo's mindset after Celtics' Game 1 rout is … interesting


When you lose by 22 points at home as the No. 1 seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference, it's time to go back to the drawing board.

... Right?

Don't tell that to the Milwaukee Bucks, who are sticking to their guns despite falling 112-90 to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their second-round series Sunday.

“No, no. Definitely not,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Monday when asked if the team will make any noteworthy adjustments before Tuesday's Game 2, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year."

Whatever they did Sunday certainly didn't work. But Antetokounmpo didn't back down from his stance.

“I think there should be no change at all,” he added. “Why should there be a change after a game that we lost? We should not be the team that makes the adjustment even though we lost the first game.

"We’re just going to come out and play our hardest, see how Game 2 goes. If it doesn’t go well for us, then you can think about adjusting. But right now, we’re not adjusting nothing."

On its face, it's a perplexing take from Antetokounmpo, whom the Celtics held in check Sunday (22 points on 7-of-21 shooting; minus-24) by masterfully executing their own gameplan. Wouldn't Milwaukee want to make a countermove in Game 2?

In defense of the Bucks star, some of his team's problems are easily fixable. Milwaukee shot 33.3 percent from 3-point range (13 of 39) Sunday and missed several open shots while getting out-hustled on several key possessions. They can control shot-making and effort. 

And considering the Philadelphia 76ers rallied Monday night to tie their series with the Toronto Raptors after getting blown out in Game 1, there's reason for the Bucks to believe Sunday was just an anomaly for the NBA's No. 1 overall seed.

That said, it seems a little bold to not change anything after what Boston did to Milwaukee in Game 1. Not that the Celtics are complaining.

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