Giannis gets hard lessons from Kevin Durant

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- As Giannis Antetokounmpo continues carving out a path for himself as one of the best players in the NBA, the Bucks star knows he will pick lessons up for himself along the way. Such was the case in Friday night's 108-94 loss to Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors, as Durant got the best of the 23-year-old.

"When you guard players like Durant, you just got to make their game as tough as you can," Antetokounmpo said. "He's going to get 20 shots up and he's going to play his game. You just got to be out there and try to make it as tough as you can to guys like that. You ca not stop them. That's one thing that I have learned. I gotta see it the same way. The defense gets tough. They are just trying to make my job a lot harder. So, KD was aggressive all night. Moving forward, that's a lesson for me to be aggressive all night too."

Bucks coach Jason Kidd believes that Antetokounmpo is going through the same type of growing pains that Durant, 29, dealt with during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder a few years ago. The Bucks made one of their best runs of the night during the third quarter after Antetokounmpo went to the bench with his fourth foul. Once he returned, Durant and rest of the Warriors loaded up on Antetokounmpo, forcing him into some tough shots.

"I think you look at all the young players in this league, look at Durant -- he's been in the league for some time now," Kidd said. "He's gone through the same thing of going against guys that might be a little bit better, that are up for the challenge of to slow him down. For Giannis, it's just understanding that every night, no matter if we are playing Golden State or another team in this league, they are all going to get up to guard him and slow him down.


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