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Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, The NBA Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker His BIG Block on DeAndre Ayton, Postgame Interview – Game 4 – 2021 NBA Finals

WE’VE – GOT TO GET TO GIANNIS LIVE AT THE PODIUM ADDRESSING THE MEDIA.. He HAD EIGHT ASSISTS AND THREE STEALS. gtgt. Can YOU SEND ME, THROUGH THE BLOCK GIANNIS, JUST HUSTLE PLAY., GOING DOWN THE STRETCH JUST DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN THE GAME? Just PUT YOURSELF IN THE POSITION THAT CAN BE THE GAME.. I SAW THE PLAY COMING.. I AM JUST GOING TO JUMP VERTICALLY TOWARDS THE RIM.. Hopefully I CAN BE THERE IN TIME.. I WAS THERE IN TIME AND WAS ABLE TO GET A GOOD BLOCK AND GO DOWN AND GET TWO POINTS.. It WAS A GREAT HUSTLE, PLAY. gtgt. It FELT LIKE A STRANGE ANGLE LIKE IT WAS ONE OF THOSE SPOTS WHERE THE TOSS CAME OUT OF NOWHERE.. Did IT SURPRISE YOU AT ALL GIANNIS? It DID NOT SURPRISE ME.. I SAW IT COMING. ONCE I SAW HIM PUT. In HIS ONE HAND, HE WAS TOO FAR FROM A LAYUP, SO I KNEW HE WAS TRYING TO LOB ME.. I HAD COMMITTED SO MUCH.. I FELT HIM ROLLING IN BEHIND ME.. I KNEW THE ONLY CHANCE TO GET A STOP WAS TO JUST JUMP TOWARDS THE RIM AND TRY TO COVER THAT ANGLE FOR HIM TO SCORE. gtgt. He THOUGHT, AS HE WAS GOING TO JUMP UP, HE WAS GOING TO DUNK IT gtgt. I WAS LATE. IF I WERE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. It IS A DUNK. BUT, AS I SAID, I DID NOT JUMP TO BLOCK THE BALL I JUMPED TOWARDS THE RIM.

. I FELT LIKE THAT’S. What KIND OF HELPED ME PUT ME IT IN A POSITION TO GET THE BLOCK.? The RIM WAS RIGHT HERE, SO I JUMPED RIGHT HERE, SO HE COULD SHOOT THE BALL. If HE SHOT THE BALL THROUGH THE BACKBOARD, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE GOALTENDING, BUT HE TRIED TO DUNK IT. So I WAS RIGHT THERE EARLIER THAN HIM. REPORTER GIANNIS KHRIS HAD SOME BIG PERFORMANCES LAST ROUND, BUT MOSTLY YOU WERE WATCHING. TONIGHT YOU GOT TO BE OUT THERE WITH HIM.. What WAS THAT LIKE GIANNIS? It WAS GREAT., HE WAS AGGRESSIVE.. We KEPT COMMUNICATING TO HIM THINGS. He COULD DO TO GET HIM WIDE OPEN TO GET THE JUMP SHOT.. Usually THEY ARE HELPING A LOT WHEN HE IS TURNING THE CORNER BUT THAT’S WHAT HE DOES DOWN THE STRETCH. WE WANT HIM TO HAVE THE BALL WANT HIM TO BE THE DECISION MAKER.. We KNOW HE IS GOING TO TAKE BIG SHOTS, MAKE BIG SHOTS, AND TONIGHT HE WAS INCREDIBLE. REPORTER, HEY GIANNIS.. You MENTIONED THE HUSTLE PLAY ON YOUR END.. Can YOU SPEAK TO PAT’S DEFENSE ON DEVON, WHERE THERE WAS A SWITCH LATE AND DEVIN ENDED UP HAVING A CONTESTED JUMPER JRUE THAT REBOUND GETS AN OFFENSIVE REBOUND AT THE OTHER? End. SEEMS LIKE HUSTLE AND TOUGHNESS WERE A BIG PART OF THE LAST FEW MINUTES FOR THOSE GUYS. GIANNIS FISHER FOR EVERYBODY ON THE FLOOR.. I KNOW WHAT KIND OF A GAME THIS IS. WE KNEW THAT WE HAD TO GET STOPS AND GET POSSESSIONS.

. We KNEW THAT DEVIN BOOKER WAS GOING TO HAVE THE BALL. Chris PAUL WAS GOING TO HAVE THE BALL AND WE WANTED THEM TO MAKE A TOUGH PLAY. Maybe DRIVE TO THE HOOP, HAVE A CONTESTED LAYUP OR A CONTESTED TWO.. I THINK THOSE GUYS DID A GREAT JOB. JRUE DID A GREAT JOB. PAT DID A GREAT JOB.. We NEED THEM TO KEEP DOING THAT. REPORTER. You HAVE TALKED ABOUT TRUST FOR THOSE GUYS, ESPECIALLY PAT ON OFFENSE. ON DEFENSE. Is THERE A DESIRE TO WANT TO HELP OR HELP TOO MUCH? It SEEMS LIKE OK, PAT THIS IS YOUR ASSIGNMENT AND TRY TO MAKE IT TOUGH. GIANNIS CAT SCAN, JRUE, M.P.J., PAT AND JRUE, AND P.J. CAN GUARD.. Sometimes WE ALL WOULD HELP. WE DON’T HAVE TO, BUT THEY HAVE TO GUARD.. They HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND MOVE THEIR FEET AND CONTEST SHOTS AND SEND THE GUYS TO THE BIGS.. They HAVE BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB., BUT WE’VE GOT TO KEEP DOING THIS. Together. THEY’VE GOT TO KEEP GUARDING. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP HELPING. MOVING FORWARD. We’Ve GOT TO KEEP DOING THIS. REPORTER IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. When THEY WERE UP GIANNIS I CAN’T SEE.. I CAN SEE THE CORNER OK. REPORTER IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, WHEN THEY WERE UP SEVEN AND WHEN YOU GO DOWN 3 1 THAT IS SIGNIFICANT.. What WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND, GIANNIS? How BAD DO YOU WANT IT? How BAD DO YOU REALLY WANT IT AND JUST LEAVE THE GAME SWINGING MENTALITY.

. Try TO GET AGGRESSIVE. TRY TO GET STOPS SET SCREENS. Do EVERYTHING PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE POSITION TO WIN.? I THINK EVERYBODY WAS FEELING THAT.. That IS WHAT WE DID.. It WAS NOT A PRETTY GAME, BUT WAS ABLE TO KEEP COMPOSURE, KEEP CALM.. We HAD WIDE OPEN SHOTS THAT WE MISSED THAT WE USUALLY MAKE, BUT GOING DOWN THE STRETCH WE KEPT BELIEVING IN OURSELVES KEPT EXECUTING KEPT RUNNING, KEPT BLOCKING SHOTS.. We WANTED THIS BADLY.. The TEAM SHOWED IT TONIGHT, BUT WE’VE GOT TO KEEP GETTING BETTER. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP GETTING BETTER, KEEP TAKING STEPS FORWARD AND KEEP PLAYING GOOD BASKETBALL. REPORTER. It DOES NOT SEEM LIKE YOU ARE ABLE TO GET INTO QUITE THE SAME PLACES AND BE QUITE AS AGGRESSIVE TONIGHT. Offensively. DID THEY DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT OR WAS IT SOMETHING YOU WERE SEEING THAT WAS DIFFERENT, GIANNIS I’VE GOT TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE. I’VE GOT TO KEEP GOING DOWNHILL MORE AND KEEP ENJOYING THE GAME MORE.. That IS PRETTY MUCH IT. REPORTER YOU AND KHRIS HAVE TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU GUYS HAVE BUILT THIS THING INTO WHAT IT IS AT THE PLAYERS THAT YOU ARE.. How DID IT FEEL TO CLOSE OUT A GAME LIKE THIS WITH HIM? The WAY THE TWO OF YOU PLAYED DOWN THE STRETCH TO KEEP YOU GUYS IN THE SERIES GIANNIS IT FEELS GOOD.. There ARE TIMES THAT GOING DOWN THE STRETCH. I’Ve GOT TO TRUST HIM AND HE’S GOT TO TRUST ME.. We HAVE CLOSED SO MANY GAMES.

. We HAVE LOST A LOT OF GAMES BUT LIKE ON THE CLOSING, A GAME LIKE THIS IN THE NBA FINALS, BUT LIKE CLOSING A GAME LIKE THIS IN THE NBA FINALS FELT GOOD, BUT WE CAN’T BE SATISFIED.. We’Ve GOT TO KEEP PLAYING GOOD BASKETBALL.. But TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION: IT FELT GOOD DOING THAT WITH HIM DOWN THE STRETCH. REPORTER. I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT KHRIS.. I KNOW IT DOES NOT SURPRISE YOU THAT HE HAD 10 CLUTCH POINTS, BECAUSE YOU KNOW HIM SO WELL. But HOW HAPPY ARE YOU FOR HIM? He DOES NOT FLEX., HE DOES NOT EVEN DUNK.. Did YOU SAY ANYTHING TO HIM? How HAPPY ARE YOU FOR HIM GIANNIS? I AM PROUD VERY PROUD., BUT, AS I SAID IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST., I TRUST HIM. WIN OR LOSE. I AM OK WITH IT.. Usually, WHEN YOU GET ON THE STRETCH, WHATEVER GAME YOU PLAY, YOU WANT TO TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF., WIN OR LOSE. You ARE LIKE. I TOOK THE SHOTS, I LOST THE GAME, I WON THE GAME, BUT IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST.. I TRUST DREW I I TRUST JRUE. I TRUST KHRIS AND I KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO DELIVER THE BALL. While THEY ARE OPEN. TONIGHT WAS INCREDIBLE.. We NEED HIM TO KEEP DOING IT.. We ARE WITHIN REACH OF OUR GOALS.. Hopefully WE CAN KEEP ENJOYING THE GAME AND KEEP PLAYING GOOD BASKETBALL. KEEP MAKING WINNING PLAYS, HOPEFULLY PUT OURSELVESES IN POSITION TO WIN.. Gtgt YOU’VE HAD PLENTY OF BIG MOMENTS, BUT YOU’VE GOT ABOUT 0 SECONDS LEFT IN THAT GAME.

You FINISHED THAT BLOCK, MAKE THE CHOICE TO FLEX.. Look AT THE CROWD A LITTLE BIT. WHAT’S, THE FEELING, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE ENTIRE NIGHT OF GRINDING, TO GET WHERE YOU GUYS WERE gtgt. Oh MAN, TOUGH GAME., IT WASN’T A PRETTY GAME., BUT WE GRINDED WE GRINDED THROUGH YOU KNOW.. They PLAYED REALLY GOOD.. They PLAYED REALLY REALLY GOOD. GOT TO GIVE THEM CREDIT. BUT LIKE, AS I SAID THREE MINUTES BEFORE YOU KNOW IN THE TIME OUT IN MY HEAD I’M, LIKE YOU GOT TO KEEP MAKING PLAYS. RIGHT NOW, IT’S, HOW BAD TO YOU WANT. It GO UP. 3. 1. It’S! A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME. FEEL LIKE IT WAS JUST EMOTIONS.. Sometimes I THINK THERE WAS SO MUCH EMOTIONS TO ME. AND I TRIED TO LIKE ENJOY THAT MOMENT. You KNOW. AND SOMETIMES YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A BLOCK OR A THREE OR WHATEVER.. But FOR ME THE WAY I PLAY THE WAY I WANT TO PLAY MOVING FORWARD, I WANT TO ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF THAT WAS A MOMENT I FELT LIKE OUR TEAM WAS TURNING AROUND AND WE WERE GETTING THE MOMENTUM OF THE BIG SHOTS.. It FELT GOOD.. So YEAH. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION: IT FELT GOOD. THE WAY WE WERE PLAYING FELT GOOD AT THE TIME. gtgt HERE IN THE CENTER. gtgt GIANNIS. This WAS THE SECOND GAME IN A ROW. You WENT OUT EARLY IN THE FIRST QUARTER. I’M CURIOUS. GIANNIS. How DO YOU SAY IT POLITELY? I WENT TO TAKE A TINKLE.

Yeah. WENT TO TAKE A TINKLE AND CAME BACK. THAT’S POLITE RIGHT TINKLE., BOTH GAMES. WENT TO TAKE A TINKLE AND WENT BACK. gtgt LAST QUESTION. JEFF. Reporter. We SHOULD PROBABLY JUST END RIGHT THERE. Another KHRIS QUESTION. HE’S SUCH A AN EASY GOING, SEEMINGLY QUIET EVEN ON THE COURT.. When DID YOU LEARN? He HAD SUCH A COMPETITIVE NATURE? Howdied, YOU LEARN IT. What WERE THE SIGNS THAT SHOWED YOU? There WAS SOME FIRE INSIDE GIANNIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THROUGHOUT THE JOURNEY WITH HIM I KIND OF FIGURED IT OUT. We PLAYED SO MANY GAMES TOGETHER.. It WAS A SPECIFIC TIME I THINK IN THE PLAYOFFS. I GUESS TORONTO BACK HERE, THAT WE PLAYED THE WHOLE STORY. What HAPPENED., BUT LIKE HE WASN’T, FEELING GREAT. AND BUT HE PLAYED THE GAME. HE GAVE EVERYTHING. TO FOR THE TEAM FOR US. AND THAT’S. When THIS IS A GUY, I WANT TO BE ALIGNED WITH.. I WANT TO GO THROUGH THE YOUR NEE WITH., SO THAT WAS, AS I SAID, THROUGHOUT THE JOURNEY, THERE WAS A LOT OF MOMENTS.. That WAS A SPECIFIC MOMENT. I WAS LIKE YEAH. THAT’S, THE DUDE THAT YOU KNOW., BUILD A LEGACY WITH. AND BE WITH HIM.. Just BE A PART OF HIS OWN JOURNEY., HE CAN BE PART OF MY JOURNEY..

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