The Toronto Raptors have a real gem in Scottie Barnes, and the 22-year-old proved just that against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
Barnes turned in a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double with five assists, a steal, and two blocks in 29 mintutes of action. The former Rookie of the Yeat was a real menace on both ends of the floor, and he played an undeniably integral role in Toronto’s 130-111 win over the Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Speak Out on Scottie Barnes’ Performance
Adrian Griffin knows Scottie Barnes well. The Bucks head coach served as an assistant under Nick Nurse in Toronto during Barnes’ first two seasons in the league. Griffin was a first-hand witness to the No. 4 overall pick’s rise over the past couple of years, and the rookie coach was reacquainted to Barnes’ elite level skill on Wednesday.
“He really doesn’t have any weaknesses as far as what he can and cannot do on the court,” said Griffin, via Aaron Rose of FanNation. “He’s developing his three-point shot, continuing to develop with that. So, he’s a tough, tough matchup because he can handle, he also can post up with his back toward the basket. So he always presents a tough matchup for a lot of teams.”
Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was asked after the game to share his thoughts on Barnes’ performance on the evening. The former back-to-back MVP did not have much to say, but it is clear that he has a ton of respect for the Toronto youngster:
“Great player,” Giannis said. “Strong player. Plays extremely hard.”
I see no lies.
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