Giannis and Griffin Dismiss Mid-game Argument

Giannis and Griffin Dismiss Mid-game Argument

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to extend their winning run to five games, but it was snapped on Wednesday when they were defeated by the Boston Celtics by a score of 119-116. The Bucks were losing by as many as 21 points at one point in the game, and they spent most of the night trailing by double digits before attempting a desperate comeback. The final score suggests that the game was close.


The evening was a source of aggravation for everyone associated with Milwaukee, but notably for Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was held to 21 points despite taking 20 shots from the field and making only seven. In addition to having the worst shooting night of the season, it appeared he got into a weird altercation with the head coach, Adrian Griffin, in the middle of the game.


Antetokounmpo was taken out of the game by Griffin because of a palming violation that was called on him during the third quarter. Griffin substituted him. That bothered the two-time MVP, as he never moved to the bench but instead sat at the scorer’s table arguing with the first-year head coach. After that, Antetokounmpo entered the game again in the subsequent deadball situation.


After the game, Griffin attempted to make light of the situation.


“He wanted to stay in; I wanted to give him a breather. That’s all it was,” according to Griffin. “And then I told him to stay at the table for one possession, and he got right back out there.”


Antetokounmpo, on the other hand, declined to engage in the conversation.


When asked for his opinion, Antetokounmpo could only muster up a simple “No.”


In and of itself, this is not a significant issue. During a season, players and coaches frequently engage in heated arguments and disputes on various topics, and the Bucks were amid a challenging night.


Nevertheless, considering Griffin’s rocky beginning with the Bucks and the expectation the team is under to contend for a title this season, it is worth noting this event and storing it away for future reference. After an altercation with Griffin during a shootaround during the preseason, veteran coach Terry Stotts resigned, and the Bucks players had to stage an intervention to convince Griffin to change his defensive scheme.


Even though the club has a record of 10-5, there have been more than a few red flags regarding Griffin’s capacity to handle the responsibilities of this position.


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