Giannis Antetokounmpo is right that he didn’t spend a good amount of time at the free throw line against the Brooklyn Nets, but the league could make things a little easier for him going forward.
Anthony Puccio of Front Office Sports reported Tuesday that the NBA asked the Nets to stop with a certain tactic when the Milwaukee Bucks star fired his free throws. The team put a timer on the Jumbotron to call out every 10-second violation by Antetokounmpo. Puccio says he asks Brooklyn to leave the timer.
The reigning back-to-back MVP really fought off the line through the first two games of the series. He went an abysmal 2-for-10. A 71.7 percent shooting career, Antetokounmpo was famously whistled for a 10-second violation. in a key playoff moment last month.
Of course, free throws are only one aspect of the game. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they were also strangled by the Nets in all other areas, losing the first two games of the series by 47 points combined. The next two games will be played in Milwaukee. If the Bucks don’t get their act together, Antetokounmpo won’t even have a chance to enjoy a Brooklyn arena without a timer.