Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo shouldn't have much to complain about after his team's 103-101 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 on Saturday. Antetokounmpo was upset about one aspect of the contest, but saved himself some money by not commenting on it during a postgame news conference.
Antetokounmpo made it clear he wasn't a fan of how the refs officiated the game, but wisely did not get into specifics so he could save some money.
Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo: “How much does it cost if I say something, a comment about the refs? Is it $20,000? It’s a lot of money. So, I should not do it. I’ll save my money. I’ve got to pay for diapers.” pic.twitter.com/xOQKTQVYXi
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 7, 2022
Is that enough to warrant a fine anyway? Sure, Antetokounmpo didn't directly criticize the refs, but he made it obvious he was unhappy with how the game progressed.
Did refs officiate too harshly against the Bucks?
It's unclear why Antetokounmpo complained about the officiating. The Bucks won the game on a last-second stand. The refs reviewed the final play to make sure Al Horford's putback occurred after the clock hit zero. That ruling was confirmed, and the Bucks escaped with a narrow two-point win.
The Bucks did have more fouls called against them during Game 3, though it was close. Milwaukee was hit with 26 fouls. Boston was called for 21 fouls. Additionally, foul trouble for Boston forward Grant Williams allowed Antetokounmpo to take over the game in the third quarter. With Robert Williams injured and Grant Williams out of the game due to foul trouble, Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 42 points in the third quarter. Antetokounmpo also scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics posted the league's best defense during the regular season, holding opponents to a league-low 104.5 points per game. Antetokounmpo can't really be stopped, but Boston held him to under 30 points in each of the first two games in the series. Without Robert and Grant Williams, Antetokounmpo proved to be too much for the rest of the talented Celtics defense.