Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks haven't been playing up to standard as of late, going 16-14 in their last 30 games. Individually, Antetokounmpo has struggled with shooting the ball efficiently recently. Over his last eight games, he has averaged over 35 PPG and 14 RPG; however, he's shot 52 percent from the field, 16 percent from beyond the arc, and 69 percent from the charity stripe. While scoring the ball, he's also shooting 23 field goal attempts and a ridiculous 16 free throws per game in this stretch. The Bucks are also 3-5 in this stretch, coming off a blowout loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
The Bucks have quickly gone from the one seed to the three seed, sitting just 1.5 games ahead of the fifth seed. Antetokounmpo hasn't been the only problem for the Bucks, as the team isn't shooting well. Over this stretch, they have gone 43 percent from the field, 31 percent from the field, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. The team, 6as a whole, needs to wake up, and something needs to shift.
Antetokounmpo compares the Bucks' current state to a Spongebob scene.
Antetokounmpo posted a clip of an interview following his loss to the Charlotte Hornets. He makes an interesting analogy between the Bucks and Spongebob the Squarepants in the clip.
"There's no panic mode. Have you ever seen the scene from, how you call it, Bob Squarepants? Spongebob? That he goes into his brain, and he's looking for something, and just goes crazy and starts burning things? I feel like that sometimes. When we lose, that happens. It's okay."
Giannis is ready to turn things around for the Bucks
From what Antetokounmpo's saying, their struggles have been more mental than anything. A bad slump can cause a bad attitude which throws your game off even more. Unless you can shake off a bad game, it's a cycle that will only be broken once you get out of your head. Antetokounmpo stays hopeful for the future of this team and still has much confidence.
"We are going to lose some games, and we are going to win a lot of games... And me personally, in my opinion, where I think we can be; last night we're second in the East, that's scary to me. You know, and I believe when everybody gets acclimated, people know their role, Joe is feeling good and making plays, and Khris comes back, and Khris is being bad mother f-, sorry for my language, bad man that he is and Jrue is back, and we're playing, running, were having fun, and all that clicks; I go to war, I go to battle any day."
The Bucks still aren't 100 percent and have dominated the league outside this rough stretch. Antetokounmpo instilled faith in his team and kept calm despite a rough patch. He is currently fifth in the MVP rankings, but if he can pull this team back together, he might have a shot at winning his third MVP award.