Giannis on all-time great block: ‘I thought I was going to get dunked on’

Giannis Antetokounmpo had what Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer calls an NBA Finals special moment in Wednesday’s Game 4.

With the Bucks leading 101-99 with roughly 70 seconds left, Antetokonmpo came through with what his teammates call one of the best blocks ever.

He first swung out to provide help defense after Deandre Ayton set a screen on PJ Tucker, who was trying to guard Devin Booker. Booker decided to try the alley-oop lob to Ayton, but Antetokounmpo said he recognized the lob coming, turned and jumped to try and contest Ayton’s shot. The rest we know is history, but in the moment, even Antetokounmpo was doubtful he could make the play.

“I thought I was going to get dunked on, to be honest with you,” he said after the Bucks’ 109-103 win. “Going down the stretch, you just do whatever it takes the win the game.”

“I think when the block happened I kind of looked like [makes an “Oh!” face] and luckily PJ came across the lane and grabbed the rebound because I forgot for a split second to go grab it,” Pat Connaughton recalled.

“I say in my opinion it’s the best block of all time.”