'If I'm Giannis, I couldn't care less about the three-point line': former NBA player


The Milwaukee Bucks earned a much-needed win against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their East semifinal series on Thursday night, as star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo once again resembled his old, dominant self by recording a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds.

But the two-time MVP didn't exactly have a clean stat line. Antetokounmpo shot a team-high eight three-pointers, missing seven, and is now 4-of-32 from behind the arc in Milwaukee's seven playoff games this year.

Antetokounmpo's long-range game hasn't helped the Bucks -- it's only hurt. He's a formidable player when closer to the basket, utilizing his brute strength and sheer athleticism. And former NBA player and SiriusXM NBA radio host Antonio Daniels hopes Antetokounmpo readjusts his gameplan.

"Giannis is a great player, and the numbers will tell you that. The accolades, the awards will tell you that. But I will tell you this: I'm just as frustrated as you are with [his three attempts]," Daniels told the Tiki and Tierney show on Friday. "I've said for years about Giannis -- guys so quickly get caught up in the analytics of the NBA now. And guys act like, 'Okay, it's either a dunk, a free throw, or a three-point shot.' That's it, like there's nothing else. And if I'm Giannis, I couldn't care less about the three-point line. If I become efficient and deadly from 15 to 17 feet, I'm unguardable. I'm unguardable.

"So this whole, 'You know what, I've got to shoot threes'... I don't care if Giannis becomes a 32, 33, 34-percent three-point shooter, they're still going to give him that shot. They're still going to allow him to shoot that shot, because that's not what he's best at. But if you put him at 15 to 17 feet, and get him that efficient and that effective from that spot... I'm not going to say like Carmelo Anthony, because Carmelo Anthony's an offensive juggernaut. But I'm saying, when you put Carmelo Anthony in that spot, it's a bucket. When you put Kevin Durant in that spot, it's a bucket.

"If you put Giannis in that spot, it doesn't even have to be a bucket, as long as he's a threat. If he's a threat to knock that shot down with regularity and efficiency, it's curtains. It's a wrap. There's no way possible that Giannis, at this point in his career with his skillset, should be taking eight three-point shots in a game."

Through seven postseason games, Antetokounmpo is averaging a team-high 25.7 points on 49-percent shooting with 13.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will take place on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Bucks have a 24-percent chance of reaching the East finals.

The entire NBA conversation between Daniels and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.

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