Giannis After Bucks' Game 3 Blowout of Heat: 'Our Job Is Not Done Here'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVMay 28, 2021

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes around Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Miami. The Bucks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
AP Photo/Marta Lavandier

Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't about to look ahead against the team that knocked his Milwaukee Bucks out of the playoffs last season.

"We are going to stay focused," he told reporters after Thursday's 113-84 victory over the Miami Heat. "Our job is not done here."

The job is nearly done, though, as the Bucks are in full control with a commanding 3-0 lead through the first three games.

Milwaukee cruised in the first game in Miami in this series even though Antetokounmpo scored just 17 points. He also added 17 rebounds and five assists while Khris Middleton (22 points, eight assists and five rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (19 points and 12 assists) were brilliant in support.

If the players around Giannis play like that, the Bucks become legitimate championship contenders even in an Eastern Conference that features the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

Yet Antetokounmpo's comments suggest the team is still focused on eliminating the team that stunned the top-seeded Bucks in five games in last year's playoffs inside the Walt Disney World Resort before shifting its attention to those potential matchups.

The Heat stacked the lane in last season's series to cut off Antetokounmpo's driving paths. His teammates were unable to consistently take advantage of the resulting space, and Milwaukee went home.

This year has been a different story in large part because of Holiday's veteran presence. His ability to read those openings and either create shots for himself or his teammates has allowed the offense to keep flowing even if Antetokounmpo isn't taking over for extended stretches of games.

The Bucks will have an opportunity to complete the sweep on the road in Saturday's Game 4.