The NBA giveth, and the NBA taketh away.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted after Sunday’s sport towards the Washington Wizards he “kind of stole one” when he deliberately missed a shot to seize his ultimate rebound to get his fourth triple-double of the season.
On Monday, the NBA rescinded that feat.
BUCKS’ GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO INTENTIONALLY MISSES SHOT TO GRAB EXTRA REBOUND FOR TRIPLE-DOUBLE
According to The Associated Press, the league adjusted the statistics to wipe away Antetokounmpo’s ultimate rebound after on-site statisticians credited him with a missed shot and a tenth rebound from that play.
The NBA critiques all stats from every sport and often makes adjustments to appropriate errors or omissions.
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According to ESPN, the NBA’s guidelines say a participant should take a shot “with intent to score a field goal” for it to be official, one thing Antetokounmpo clearly didn’t try to do.
“I was thinking about scoring the ball, but I feel like in those situations it’s best to kind of keep the ball,” Antetokounmpo admitted to reporters after the sport. “But yeah, I just try to play the game smart and kind of stole one.”
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The two-time league MVP completed with 23 factors, 13 assists and 9 rebounds, and the stat adjustment dropped his rebound common from 11.94 per sport to 11.92.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.