Antetokounmpo Late last month, the Milwaukee Bucks made the surprising decision to fire the coach. Adrian Griffin Despite the team’s 30–13 start to the 2023–24 season.

Veteran coach Dr. Rivers was hired as Griffin’s replacement.

Bucks ownership and fan base have championship expectations this season. But Rivers, who won one. NBA title As head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2008, fell short of expectations – at least through his first six games with the Bucks.

Milwaukee fell to 1-5 under Rivers with a 129-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. The lopsided loss allowed some of the Bucks’ bench players to see action in the fourth quarter, including reserve forward Thanaceus Antetokounmpo.


Thanasis Antetokounmpo watches during the game.

Thanos Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 27, 2023 in New York City. (Dustin Sitloff/Getty Images)

Thanasis has been with the Bucks since 2019, playing alongside his younger brother, the two-time league MVP. Giannis Antetokounmpo.

As the elder Antetokounmpo stood by the scorer’s table awaiting scrutiny in Thursday’s game, Timberwolves announcer Jim Patterson announced that the Bucks were essentially killing any comeback attempt.

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“The white flag is being waved,” Patterson said.

“Why do you say that, Jim Pete?” asked Timberwolves play-by-play announcer Michael Grady.

Patterson replied “Because Thanasis is getting ready to come into the game.” Milwaukee was trailing. Timber wolves 20-plus points at the time of Antetokounmpo’s substitution.

The Bucs were shorthanded in games against Minnesota and the Star Guard. Damian Lillard and three-time All-Star Khris Middleton both sat out.

Bucks forward Thanasis warmed up.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Thanace Antetokounmpo warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on February 3, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. (Jerome Marion/USA TODAY Sports)

Thanasis finished the game with two points during his five-minute stretch. gave New York Knicks Drafted Thanasis in the second round in 2014. He is averaging just over four minutes per game in 20 games this season.

The win against the Bucks improved the Timberwolves to 36-16. As of Friday, Minnesota is tied for first place in the Western Conference standings with the defending champions. Denver Nuggets.

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