With Atlanta in the lead by three, Hawks forward Solomon Hill fouled Antetokounmpo by wrapping him rather than letting him get an easy basket. After Antetokounmpo made both free throws to bring the Bucks back to one, Trae Young made a pair on the other end. Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton then missed a potential equal to 3 points on the buzzer, and the Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.
The length of Antetokounmpo’s free throw routine has been a hot topic throughout the playoffs. He was called up for a 10-second violation in Milwaukee’s Game 1 first round victory over the Miami Heat and again in his Game 3 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the Conference semifinals. Is.
In the Brooklyn series, host Nets actually showed a timer on the scoreboard in Game 1 at Barclays Center during Antetokounmpo’s free throws before the NBA asked him to take it down. In Game 7, the partisan crowd steadily numbered to 12 before Antetokounmpo let go of each of his 14 free throw attempts in that game, but he was not called up for any violations.
After shooting 68.5% from the foul line during the regular season, Antetokounmpo saw his numbers drop to 55.4% (56 for 101) in 12 playoff games. He went 6-for-8 from the foul line in Milwaukee’s Game 1 loss to the Hawks.
Ahead of Game 1, Hawks coach Nate McMillan declined to comment on whether the Hawks would use an intentional foul strategy against Antetokounmpo as they successfully did with Ben Simmons in their previous series against the Philadelphia 76ers. , first in the series.