CJ McCollum Seemingly Shades Giannis Antetokounmpo for Not Defending Kevin Durant in Game 5

CJ McCollum took to Twitter to seemingly shade Giannis Antetokounmpo's Game 5 performance against the Nets by calling him out for not guarding Kevin Durant.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after he was called for a foul in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during game 5 of the Eastern Conference second round at Barclays Center on June 15, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Kevin Durant put up a historic performance on Tuesday night in Game 5 of the Brooklyn Nets’ Eastern Conference semifinals series against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Durant ended the night with 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. 

The Nets were able to clinch a victory with a final score of 114-108.

Kevin Durant:
49 points
17 rebounds
10 assists
3 steals
2 blocks

Didn’t come out of the game. One of the greatest playoff performances of all time. pic.twitter.com/XG213jv1Dy

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 16, 2021

GREATNESS!! Appreciate it while you can people! #KD

— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 16, 2021

While many took to social media to praise Durant’s impressive performance, others criticized Antetokounmpo for not guarding the Nets star.

Although he didn’t call him out by name, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers seemingly took a shoot at the 2019–20 Defensive Player of the Year. Prior to making the comments, McCollum called KD’s performance “real life poetry in motion.” Antetokounmpo ended up scoring 34 points in his Game 5 performance. 

Bruh first team all defense and ain’t go check easy$ 🤔

— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 16, 2021

The 2020-21 NBA All-Defensive First Team:

🏀 Giannis Antetokounmpo
🏀 Rudy Gobert
🏀 Draymond Green
🏀 Jrue Holiday
🏀 Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/ZlflnyWlLR

— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) June 14, 2021

Im saying . Got middy & PJ following him but they not a walking footer lol https://t.co/L6jj7FQCoT

— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 16, 2021

Bradley Beal caught wind of McCollum’s tweet and responded by telling him to “chill.”

Bruh what’s going on ? 😂 make it make sense . Imma finish my drink and lay down. I’m just a casual fan since we got eliminated https://t.co/vCU6W8WALV

— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 16, 2021

Draymond Green also seemingly chimed in, agreeing that he would at least attempt to defend “the hottest dude on the court.”

That part!! 🗣🗣🗣 https://t.co/Dh5BFQsfag

— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 16, 2021

Dray you gonna let K go for 50 and not switch ? https://t.co/SWa5zvkiay

— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 16, 2021

After the game, Giannis heaped praised on Durant, who he called “the best player in the world.” He also said that he’s up for taking “the challenge” of guarding Durant in future games.

"I want to take the challenge...and if coach wants me to do that, I'm ready for that."

Giannis on whether he will step up and guard Kevin Durant in Game 6. 👀 https://t.co/uiFim9p8ay

— Bally Sports (@BallySports) June 16, 2021

Giannis says KD is the best player in the world. pic.twitter.com/B4P28UrPLA

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 16, 2021

 The Nets, who are leading 3-2, and the Bucks will face off again for Game 6 tomorrow. 

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