– Giannis Antetokounmpo was controversially ejected from a game for taunting his opponent, causing outrage among fans and analysts
– Despite being ejected, Antetokounmpo put up a 54-point display in the next game, but the Bucks still lost to the Pacers
– Milwaukee coach Adrian Griffin expressed his frustration with the lack of protection for his star player from the referees, and vowed to be more vocal in advocating for him
Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected for this stare down…
Milwaukee had a 13 point lead at the time of the ejection. They now trail Detroit by 8 at the end of the 3rd quarter😬
— SportSense Entertainment (@SportSenseEnt)
It’s the controversial ejection heard round the league. Giannis Antetokounmpo was thrown out of a game after picking up his second technical foul, and fans and experts were fuming about the call. The league officials finally addressed the situation, justifying their actions by saying the Bucks player was taunting his opponent after a dunk. The head coach of the Milwaukee team feels that he needs to be more vocal in protecting his star player, and even ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has promised to personally call the NBA to complain about the ejection.
After being ejected on Wednesday, Antetokounmpo suited up against Indiana the next day and put up a 54-point display which wasn’t enough to win the game. This meant The Greek Freak’s second-highest point performance, but committed two turnovers with 1:29 left on the clock as the Pacers rallied past the Bucks and won 126 to 124. Milwaukee coach Adrian Griffin insists that referees didn’t protect his star player, as Antetokounmpo was getting hit throughout the contest.
On the other hand, Tyrese Haliburton had 29 points and 10 assists and Bennedict Mathurin added 26 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, who upset Milwaukee’s 18-point lead. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said, “We executed as well as we could and created some chaos defensively. You’ve got to take some risks or else he’s going to end up with 60. Very fortunate to get the win.”