On Saturday afternoon, Antetokounmpo got his second audition in the playoffs, as Milwaukee opened their first round series against the Raptors in Toronto.
Neither team led by more than 10 points through the game's first three quarters.
The Milwaukee Bucks are going home with a win and no shortage of self-confidence.
On the eve of Game 2 in their best-of-seven opening-round series with Milwaukee, Raptors coach Dwane Casey talked about the screens Dellavedova set for Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 1.
The Bucks dominated the Raptors using mainly a six-man rotation of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kris Middleton, Greg Monroe, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell.
At this point in the playoffs, constructing an NBA DFS lineup is all about analyzing Game 1 and deciding if those performances represent a trend.
One person who expects Ibaka to play on Tuesday night, is TSN's Josh Lewenberg. In the previous three first round series, Toronto's had to deal with guarding the opposing team's superstar.
"Yeah, me included, we all have to come back", Valanciunas said on Tuesday when asked if he has the green light to chase offensive rebounds, making him a special case among his teammates. However, he remained in the action and was arguably the Raptors' best player, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Casey said the team has studied its first-quarter conundrum. The Spurs led the National Basketball Association at 39.1 percent during the regular season and were even more lethal in Game 1, going 10 for 19 (52.6 percent). Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 24 of the Raptors 47 rebounds.More news: Marc-Andre Fleury gets surprise start in net for Penguins
"The play was for DeMar to get a bucket", Lowry said.
And now, in a black-cloud scenario they've faced an incredible 10 times before, the Raptors find themselves having to claw their way back.
The problem is that the Jazz have so much more depth, which is why they were able to eek out a win in spite of losing defensive superstar Rudy Gobert in the first 11 seconds of the first game with a bruised knee.
After a humiliating loss in their first playoff game, the Toronto Raptors look to even the series with the Bucks. Milwaukee allowed Toronto to score only 32 points in the second half and forced them to shoot 7-for-35.
INJURY UPDATE: Gobert (hyperextended left knee/bone bruise) isn't expected to play Game 2 after getting hurt 17 seconds into the series opener.
Middleton hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper to cut the lead to two points with 3:24 to play in the quarter. Six straight Bucks free throws to end the third quarter left the game at 83-84 going into the final quarter. Toronto struggled to make shots, going to 27-of-75 from the field and 5-of-23 from 3-point land.
In other results, Indiana's CJ Miles missed the potential go-ahead shot as the Pacers came up short 109-108 against the No.2 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.
Antetokounmpo was plucking rebounds like insane, but he was missing shots at an unusual rate early on, from jumpers, to layups, and tips.
Their momentum continued into the second quarter, and a running jumper from P.J. Tucker capped a 12-2 Raptors run and gave Toronto a nine-point lead.