(Photo : Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Interim head coach Joe Prunty of the Atlanta Hawks reacts in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets in the course of the first quarter at State Farm Arena on February 26, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Adrian Griffin’s first month as a head coach hasn’t been that splendid, because the Milwaukee Bucks are but to seek out their groove.
The newest setback is the loss to the Indiana Pacers, which Griffin was not capable of end after getting ejected on the 7-minute mark of the third quarter.
They trailed within the first half after which needed to bleed in every possession as soon as he was ejected. It didn’t assist, too, that Lillard was out on account of a minor harm.
Assistant Joe Prunty took over for Griffin, and he dropped at the sport one thing many Bucks followers are very conversant in.
With him calling the photographs, famous person Giannis Antetokounmpo went nuclear, scoring 54 factors and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Khris Middleton added 19 factors in 20 minutes, whereas Malik Beasley added 13.
However, the general group play of the Pacers dominated as that they had no reply for Benedict Mathurin, who scored 26, whereas Tyrese Haliburton led the best way once more with 29 factors and 10 assists. Bucks misplaced, 124-126.
Giannis and Prunty go method again
The two’s partnership began in the course of the Jason Kidd period. Kidd was fired in the course of the 2017-2018 season by the Bucks, and Prunty turned the interim coach for 37 video games.
He was additionally the pinnacle coach within the playoffs, the place they pushed the extra favored Boston Celtics to Game 7. They even nearly received the collection.
Prunty offers Giannis free reign on the courtroom, one thing followers noticed once more within the loss to the Indiana Pacers.
In 2018, he defined how Giannis was inspired to reap the benefits of his level guard abilities as a result of the group wanted it.
“Ultimately what happened was we had a situation where none of our point guards were healthy,” Prunty informed CBS Sports.
“We didn’t want Giannis thinking he was the “level guard,” so one of the things we said to him before the game that morning was, “Look, Giannis, for those who rebound the ball, deliver it up the ground.”
Fans once more noticed this recreation on Thursday because the Greek Freak introduced the ball himself, particularly since their predominant level guard was not enjoying.
Prunty turned heads in that Boston collection due to his offense masterclass that utilized each side of Antetokounmpo’s recreation.
He can be credited for Antetokounmpos’ managed minutes in a recreation whereby he sits out some components of the primary quarter to assist him leverage his skills. This appears to have labored as his success. Mike Budenholzer adopted the identical blueprint on Giannis when he turned the pinnacle coach in 2019.
The 54-year-old coach was seen as a rising coach within the NBA then, however he has but to be employed as the pinnacle coach.
Giannis went on to win two MVPs after 2018, however Prunty was let go by the Bucks. The Phoenix Suns employed him as their assistant coach. His subsequent cease was the Atlanta Hawks as a result of he was returning to Wisconsin this season.
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