Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly let the world know he belonged out there last night, posting an East-team high 30 points in his debut All-Star Game. While the West may have prevailed 192-182(!), behind All-Star MVP Anthony Davis’ 52 points (breaking Wilt Chamberlin’s previous record of 42), Giannis provided some of the most entertaining sequences in a game chock full of them.
Here’s Frank and Eric breaking down Giannis’ performance and examining the Boogie Cousins trade that went down shortly afterwards:
In particular, Giannis’ penchant for playing a modicum of defense in an environment bereft of defensive effort was an interesting transition for his high-effort game. His teammate, Thon Maker, had some fun joking on Twitter about that very subject:
That high motor proved useful when he later turned Steph Curry’s headband-adorned head into a prop for what probably would’ve been the best dunk in Saturday’s dunk contest:
As for the rest of the highlights, well, there were plenty more where that came from. Unfortunately, you won’t see any fourth-quarter highlights as coach Brad Stevens elected not to play the Bucks’ star in the fourth quarter, much to the chagrin of Bucks and probably NBA fans everywhere. Regardless, here’s his full highlight package:
Have a favorite moment from Giannis’ All-Star debut last night? Any conspiracy theories on why he didn’t play in the fourth quarter? Sleep well last night knowing the front office wasn’t shopping the Bucks’ star during an All-Star Game?
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