As for Antetokounmpo, the odd atmosphere became apparent to him when he went to shoot free throws in the first quarter.
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“It was just quiet,” he said. “But at the end of the day, you play basketball, try to make the right play. Just listen to your coach. So for me personally, I tried to lock in.”
Antetokounmpo also said that he felt out of shape, adding that he hoped to spend the next couple of weeks ratcheting up his fitness. All he did against the Spurs was score 22 points in 21 minutes while shooting 9 of 13 from the field. Imagine the havoc once he has his legs under him.
The Lakers, too, are dealing with some absences. Avery Bradley, their top perimeter defe