Giannis Antetokounmpo sounds off after Hawks blemish Bucks record

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were unbeatable early in the season. With Trae Young sidelined for the Atlanta Hawks in their Monday game, it seemed very likely that it would stay that way.

Going into the contest, Milwaukee possessed a nearly 12-point margin of victory against all comers, even extending their winning streak with Giannis on the sidelines for victory number nine.

But even the Greek Freak couldn’t completely hold off a strong Hawks team that the Bucks star has nothing but respect for. In fact, Antetokounmpo admitted after the game that he ‘likes’ playing them because of their tough defenders.

Via Eric Nehm of The Athletic:

“I always like to play against people who love, who are proud to keep and he is one of them,” Antetokounmpo said of Okongwu. “Capela is another. Collins, another. But I always like to play against people who are proud to defend and who rise to the challenge. You can kind of feel that. I’ve played against people that you kind of know they don’t take it too seriously and they kind of have that fear factor in their minds and you can kind of see it in their eyes, kind of so feel it from the first game.”

They certainly rose to the challenge against the two-time MVP on Monday. While Giannis still managed 25 points, they forced him to commit five turnovers and left him with a brutal -22 during his time on the floor.

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“But I’ve played against them many times and I don’t feel that and I like that about it. And I understand people are going to try to make my job difficult and I’m okay with that. I like it. I don’t want it to be easy. I want it to be a challenge and every time I play these guys it’s always a challenge and I respect that and they’ve improved since day one – all all three. And it’s always a battle when you play against Atlanta. So I love playing against Atlanta.

With the addition of Dejounte Murray, the Hawks have some edge over them going into the season. It won’t be a surprise if the Bucks and Hawks face off again once the playoffs are over. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be delighted to take up the challenge.

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