Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered great performances during the NBA Finals, including a 50-point performance in the clinching Game 6 of the series vs. Phoenix.
According to a report by Eric Nehm and Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Bucks superstar was actually suffering through a relatively serious case of dehydration towards the latter part of the series.
“Amid all the pleasure, there was lingering pain. When Antetokounmpo had come to his postgame press conference after Game 5, he sat with a grimace and said, “I can’t,” before leaving the room and returning more than 30 minutes later.
In ‘tween, sources say he was extremely sick to his stomach from dehydration and even received fluid IV treatment after his 32-point, nine-rebound, six-assist performance. The remnants of that competitive approach were there after Game 6, too, as Antetokounmpo — clearly experiencing serious discomfort yet again — held his stomach and chugged bottles of Gatorade while making his way between interview stations.”
Giannis didn’t show any signs of slowing down during the last two pivotal games of the NBA Finals vs. the Phoenix Suns. Antetokounmpo dominated the Finals by averaging 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and five assists per game.