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Giannis Antetokounmpo Praises Alex Caruso: ‘Unbelievable Player’

Giannis understands just how much Alex Caruso impacts a game.

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Alex Caruso played his ass off in the Chicago Bulls’ Game 2 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. He had a playoff career-high 10 assists and was all over the place defensively. Bucks’ star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo took notice and commended Caruso’s skill set upon meeting the media after the game.

Giannis vocalized everything Bulls fans feel about Caruso. He embodies “Chicago basketball.” Caruso will put his body on the line for the win, an attribute that was on full display Wednesday.

Sometimes you can’t teach that. It’s a skill to pay attention to the little things in a basketball game and Caruso does it to a tee. In Game 2, he recorded two steals and drew two charges in pivotal moments of the game. The guy flat-out just knows where he needs to be on the court.

It’s easy to overlook Alex Caruso’s impactful performance. His teammate DeMar DeRozan dropped 41 points on 16-31 shooting. Nikola Vucevic turned into the center he was in Orlando, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 boards. Yes, the Bulls needed their big-name players to step up, but stealing Game 2 would not have been possible without Caruso’s hustle.

Following the victory, the scrappy guard broke it down in words reflective of his — and the team’s — mentality.

“We had a long season. We had a lot of adversity. It was almost a little bit of, we were just trying to start the playoffs already. We were kind of in a hole,” Caruso said. “But we got our spirit back. We talked to each other about the opportunity we had in front of us. It’s the playoffs. If you’ve gotta get up to play for the playoffs, you probably shouldn’t play. It just comes with the territory.”

The spirit is back, which is a sight for sore eyes. But Caruso has not taken his eye off the prize. He knows the Chicago Bulls have more work ahead of them and he’s ready to help lead this team into the challenge.

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