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MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo checked out early in both Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals in Milwaukee.
The Bucks’ two-time MVP was subbed by Pat Connaughton at 8:29 of the first quarter in Game 4 and 8:30 of the first quarter of Game 3.
Was he hurt? Did he need a breather? Was Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer tinkering with his rotation to throw off the Phoenix Suns?
"I've always discussed with Coach, like say, 'Coach, if I need like 30 seconds, one minute, I'm going to let you know,' " Antetokounmpo said after Game 3. "And I think that was a time I needed, like 30 seconds to a minute just to catch my breath and get back to the game. There was nothing wrong with me."
He fessed up to the real reason after Milwaukee’s Game 4 victory over Phoenix, tying the NBA Finals at 2-2.
"How do you guys say politely?" Antetokounmpo sheepishly said. "I wanted to take a tinkle. A tinkle. I wanted to take a tinkle and came back. That's polite, right"
Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Giannis on leaving NBA Finals games early: 'I wanted to take a tinkle'