'Don't Get Too Pumped': Giannis Fully Focused on Game 6

'Don't Get Too Pumped': Giannis Fully Focused on Game 6 Photo: TT
Milwaukee Bucks' P.J. Tucker, from left, celebrates with Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pat Connaughton during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks are one win away from lifting the NBA title but star man Giannis Antetokounmpo is refusing to let his focus slip.

The Bucks have won three straight games to claim a 3-2 NBA Finals lead ahead of Game 6 on their home court.

Antetokounmpo wouldn’t be drawn on talking about lifting the elusive crown, as he tries to avoid getting too excited, too early.

“It’s hard because you work so hard to be in that moment, which is tomorrow,” the Greek forward said. “It’s hard not to get ahead of yourself.

“But this is the time that you’ve got to be the most disciplined. That’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m going to try to be as disciplined as possible. Don’t get too excited. Don’t get too pumped up for the game. None of that.

“I can’t play the game right now … right now, there’s nothing I can do about that so I don’t even try to think about that.

“But it’s very hard not to. Sometimes you sleep and you’re dreaming about the game.

“But this is the time that we have to be disciplined individually … we got to be disciplined and we cannot worry about that.

“We cannot worry about having plans of celebrating. None of that, until it’s done. And that is the mindset I’m going to have until tomorrow.”

Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in the Bucks’ Game 5 win and has been huge throughout the series with a more intelligent style on offense.

Phoenix have had no answers for the Greek star, who has had strong support from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday in the past two games.

However, both of the past two games were won by less than seven points, suggesting it remains open for the Suns to send it to a deciding Game 7 in Arizona.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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