The Bucks have won 11 of their last 12 games thanks to Saturday night’s 120-113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Milwaukee.
But the national hype hasn’t been the same in this year’s group compared to the last two seasons, when they finished atop the league standings.
And for current MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, that’s how he likes it.
“We don’t play for people to talk about us,” the Bucks star said after a 26-point, 15-assist and 8-rebound performance against the Spurs. “I kind of like it. I just want to be left alone. I never liked bright lights. I never liked people talking about us. It just puts pressure on me and my teammates to come in and do what we do.”
“I like to be under the radar and we just go in, we enjoy each other, we enjoy playing basketball and we’re getting the job done. But yeah, there will be times when they will talk about us, there will be times when they won’t talk about us, but personally, as I said, I like to go unnoticed. “
During Saturday’s win, the Bucks also saw a debut performance from PJ Tucker, who didn’t score in 13 minutes but did grab three rebounds on a block. However, his presence felt deeper than the box score.
“It’s great. You can hear it everywhere,” said Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, who finished with 21 points and five rebounds.
“You can hear him even when he’s on the bench, but on the court he’s a lot of fun. You love a guy who communicates that way. He’s loud and very clear and distinctive and makes the game so much easier.”
Antetokounmpo equaled his career record with 15 assists. He also became the fourth player in Bucks history with at least 25 points and 15 assists in a game, joining Monta Ellis, Oscar Robertson and Guy Rodgers, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Additionally, he became the third player to average a 25-point triple-double and 60% shooting in a 5-game span, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Still, he feels that “they don’t need to talk about us”, the goal is a title.
“We will continue to do what we are doing,” Antetokounmpo said. “We continue to enjoy each other and we continue to play to win games and play in the right way.”