The Rockets-Bucks sport on Tuesday night time was must-watch tv for all basketball followers — two of the very best groups within the league, with the 2 finest particular person gamers within the league battling it out. Certain, these late-March common season video games hardly ever imply a lot, however Houston remains to be combating for a greater playoff seed and the Bucks are attempting to regulate their lineups after accidents to Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic.
What was presupposed to be a wire-to-wire sport ended up a blowout within the Bucks’ favor, as a result of just like the Rockets, they’ve their very own MVP-caliber participant. Final night time, he made his assertion. In outplaying James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo proved that he’s, for sure, the MVP of the 2019 season.
He didn’t put up gaudy numbers the way in which Harden (36.2 factors/sport) has. However the night time encapsulated why, regardless of a really historic season from The Beard, it’s the Greek Freak (27.three ppg) who must be taking dwelling his first MVP award of his younger profession. He scored 19 factors, grabbed 14 rebounds, added a steal and a block, and appeared to be in all places at any time when he was on the court docket. Most significantly, no person on Houston had a prayer of guarding him, which opened up the ground for the remainder of the Bucks offense in a manner few different gamers can replicate. P.J. Tucker does his finest, however Giannis is simply too sturdy and agile to be contained by anybody participant.
The Bucks finally gained by 14, bringing their win whole to 56 and placing themselves in a great place to realize a 60-win season. The sport summed up the influence that Giannis has: he was a drive in each a part of the sport and constantly required double groups. He additionally opened up pictures and driving lanes for guys like Eric Bledsoe (23 factors) and Pat Connaughton (14 factors). What Harden is doing is famous… however the Greek Freak checks each field required of an MVP whereas main his crew to the very best report within the East after ending seventh final season. Harden will eternally be remembered because the offensive wizard of the 2018-19 season, however Giannis is the overwhelming drive scaring everybody.