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‘I would have been champion by 24’ Giannis dwells on Game 3 series against Raptors


Giannis Antetoukounmpo may have won the MVP trophy at the age of 24, but he could have been a champion at the same age, according to him.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors proved to be pivotal for both teams.

However, it was the Raptors who proceeded to the Finals and they also hoisted their first-ever coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.

Now that Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard left Canada for L.A Clippers in the offseason, the East has become wide open for the Bucks again.

“I’m closing in on the seventh season in Milwaukee, how quickly the years go by… To reach where I am today, I have worked a lot and I continue to do so. It’s hard to lead a team because it’s not something you do just for five games, but for the entire season. You must always be ready to live up to the team’s expectations and your expectations. The team has helped me and my family from the beginning. It made us feel at home and I wish we stay together for many more years,” said Antetokounmpo.

Still, the Greek Freak dwelled on that Game 3 where the Bucks were up by 2-0 in the ECF series, which eventually led to a double overtime loss.

Milwaukee never recovered from that defeat, as the Raptors pulled out three straight victories from that series.

“If we had won our third game with the Raptors last season, probably I would have been an NBA champion at 24. It is hard, but we learn from our mistakes and I wish we will not repeat them when we reach the same point. My goal every year is to win something, whether I’m playing for the Bucks or the national team,” Giannis lamented.