“I just try to play the game smart”: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo brushes off triple-double controversy from polarized NBA fans

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks got into a winning run after beating the Washington Wizards in a 117-111 scoreline at Capital One Arena on Sunday night.

The Bucks suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia 76ers despite their star power forward’s dominant performance. Following that loss, he sparked up once again against the Wizards and led the team to victory with another triple-double.

However, Giannis’ triple-double became controversial after the player decided to pull a stunt at the finishing moment of the game.

What did Giannis Antetokounmpo do on Sunday night?

The 28-year-old displayed another majestic performance at the Capital One Arena; he scored his third triple-double against the Wizards. He scored 23 points with 10 rebounds and 13 assists in 36 minutes of play.

However, the way Antetokounmpo completed his 10th rebound gave birth to a controversy regarding his work ethic. He wasted time in the dying moment of the game and missed an uncontested shot just to score it as a rebound, which completed his triple-double.

What did Giannis have to say in his defense?

The Greek Freak didn’t give any ear to those controversies, as he said, “I was thinking about scoring the ball, but I feel like in those situations it’s best to kind of keep the ball. I just try to play the game smart and kind of stole one.”

Previously, the Lakers superstar LeBron James pulled such a stunt in 2009 to complete a triple-double, but the NBA rescinded that rebound count and triple-double too.

In this case, the NBA could rescind the rebound if the 7-footer didn’t shoot the ball with the intent to score. Thus, it can be counted as a rebound, so, as the triple-double.

What’s your take on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s last rebound? Do you think that rebound shouldn’t be counted? Let us know your opinion in the comments.


Shahbaj Arefin

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Shahbaj Arefin is a professional Sports Content Writer at SportsZion. He mostly covers NBA, alongside NFL and MLB. His favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan. Arefin is also a football enthusiast. He is a die-hard supporter of Argentina and Chelsea FC, frequently posting on Facebook during the their matches.


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