Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has a wingspan of 7-foot-4 and a vertical leap of nearly 40 inches. He is the king of length on a team built around it.
That’s what made Thursday night’s block so impressive.
The play came in the fourth quarter as the Bucks were disassembling the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Milwaukee was running a little sideline pick-and-roll with Antetokounmpo as the roll man in the middle.
Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic was under the basket and ready to take on the challenge. Then this happened:
The officials incorrectly called a foul on Nurkic — the replay is all ball — which prompted Portland coach Terry Stotts to immediately earn himself a technical foul by chirping at ref Bennie Adams. Nurkic was assessed a technical foul as well.
Fans in Portland would go on to boo for a solid 3 minutes before the Blazers finally succumbed to the Bucks, 103-91.
Still, that block was crazy.