BOSTON – Milwaukee Bucks Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo does not believe he deserved the sixth foul that forced him to lose the 113-107 time against the Boston Celtics in the quarter-final quarter-final on Sunday
with 13 seconds in overtime, with the bucks going 110-107. After Antetokounmpo had missed the second of two free throws and Celtics Guard tried to tie Terry Rozier for a jumpball, the All-Star Big Man was whistled for his sixth and final foul and he jumped in frustration as a pair of him teammates stood in front of him so he was not on his way from the ground to a technical whistle.
"I do not think that was a foul," Antetokounmpo said. "I grabbed the ball, but the referee said I grabbed his hand, all I have to do is live on the call and just go forward because the players do that, hopefully I can throw in the free throw next time and not in this situation is coming. "
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When the Bucks think about the emotional loss, they know that they could have made many games during the course of the game, but the last foul call on Antetokounmpo was a bone of contention. Joe Frunty's frustrating coach Joe Prunty was visibly frustrated when describing his reaction to the game.
"I think he whistled and made the sixth foul on Giannis," said Prunty. "And with six fouls you're out of the game."
Did Prunty get an explanation?
"[The officials said] that he fouled him, and that was the sixth foul."
What did that do? More playfully confusing – and irritating from Bucks's point of view – was that referee Jason Phillips initially called the foul on Antetokounmpo, while another officer called a jump ball from his point of view.
As the Bucks continue for Game 2 Tuesday in Boston, Antetokounmpo is confident that his team can eliminate the mistakes that have put them in such a precarious position. Notably, the Bucks shot the ball more than 20 times and were knocked back by the Celtics 45-42.
"We have to take care of the ball in Game 2," said Antetokounmpo. "I hope we can come back and let the ball bounce back, because if we throw the ball back, we're really dangerous, we can run, we can do a lot of things, so hopefully we can bounce back in game 2."