Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo offered a high praise for the Utah Jazz after their Friday clash, calling the Jazz the best team in the Western Conference. The Jazz hosted the Bucks -- one of the top teams from the Eastern Conference -- and claimed a 129-115 win over the visitors.
Back-to-back NBA MVP Antetokounmpo delivered a strong performance as he posted 29 points and 15 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Jazz claimed a comfortable win. Last year, the Bucks finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference but then lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Miami Heat.
"It just looks fun. Like when I watch them play, it looks fun, it looks easy," Antetokounmpo said, as quoted on ESPN. "It looks simple. For sure, they look like us last year, and man, when you're at that point and you're playing with that confidence you're hard to beat for sure."
The Jazz want to win the NBA Championship
The Jazz currently own a 21-5 record and they are stting at the top place of the Western Conference. The Jazz are happy with the way their season has progressed so far but they want to deliver when it matters the most.
"I don't think we're that satisfied just yet," said guard Joe Ingles, who went 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz's leading scorer, also acknowledged that the team wants to play a high level of basketball in the playoffs.
"We don't want to be the best team in February, we want to be the best team in July," Mitchell said. Mitchell believes that the Jazz are now viewed more seriously. "It's different in my four years.
You look at all of us and each individual story ... [we were] underrated," Mitchell said. "I think now we're at a point where people are coming at us, and the way we've responded to that is very impressive. I think there's a lot more we can do to continue to get better, but it doesn't hurt to be in the moment and understand that what we're doing is pretty cool."
For now, the Jazz hope to continue to play at a high level and win games. "Frankly you never want to do that and it's never appropriate unless you're the last team standing," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. "That's something we'll continue to try to avoid."