Giannis Antetokounmpo said that the mood around the Milwaukee Bucks was "light" despite being down 2-0 heading into Sunday's Game 3.
"At the end of the day, you got to keep it light. You cannot tell yourself, 'Oh, it's the Finals. You got to do this. There's so much pressure, man.' No, like, it's still basketball. It's easy to say, hard to do, but at the same time, you have to try to approach it that way. Just got to keep it light. Got to keep the ball light. You got to keep the atmosphere light," said Antetokounmpo during a media session on Saturday.
The Bucks were previously down 2-0 to the Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals, only to come back and win four of the next five games.
Antetokounmpo, who finished with 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting in Game 2, added that he was getting more comfortable with his mid-range game.
"I'm feeling more comfortable. I'm just trying to be aggressive, trying to go downhill. Sometimes guys stay in front of me or they create a wall that doesn't allow me to get in the paint. So you got to try to figure out other ways to be effective, whether it's pass the ball or pull up for the mid-range jump shot or get to a spot and then shoot over them ... my mindset is always try to get downhill, try to make the right play, the right decision, either is that a pass, either is that scoring. But, as I said, sometimes you have to take those shots. You got to keeping the defense guessing."