Milwaukee Bucks squanders Giannis Antetokounmpo’s miracle payback | Launderer report
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After their 118-108 victory in Game 2 over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns are halfway through the first championship in franchise history.
And on Thursday, they had to overcome a historic performance by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Playing on a left knee that clearly bothers him (he left the game for part of the fourth quarter to seek treatment after a blocked shot), Giannis racked up an absurd 42 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal. . . He had a plus-three differential in a game the Bucks lost by 10.
It was only the sixth time in NBA Finals history that a player has scored at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. The other five came courtesy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal (who did it three times, all in the 2000 Finals). And before Thursday, no one had lost a 40-10-3 game.
When you look at the rest of Milwaukee’s box score, it’s not hard to see why Giannis is now the only member of this club.
The unnamed Bucks Antetokounmpo lost 27 of 71 (38.0%) in the field. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday combined to reach 12 out of 37 (32.4%).
With the possible exception of Pat Connaughton (who had 14 points and four threes), Giannis’ supporting cast was, in a nutshell, a disaster.
The Suns – who have decent length and tenacity between their wings and attackers, a heady point-of-attack defender in Chris Paul and a budding rim protector in Deandre Ayton – deserve some credit, but the less famous Bucks. have to shoot better.
This list has been cleverly put together taking into account Giannis’ limitations. He wasn’t likely to become a top marksman himself, so the priority was to be able to deploy ground struts around him. Even Bucks center Brook Lopez has been cleared to make 5.1 three-point attempts per game since joining the team.
For the most part, the theory worked. Giannis’ workouts train multiple defenders on the inside, creating valuable extra fractions of a second for shooters on kickouts. These shooters, in turn, make defenders think about staying home on the perimeter, which opens up the picture a bit for Antetokounmpo.
The symbiosis has given Milwaukee the best winning percentage in the league (0.714) in the past three seasons (by far). But during the three playoffs, opponents tried to wall paint by throwing bodies at Giannis, and the shooters didn’t charge them.
In the streak they lost in 2019 and 2020, the Bucks shot 31.7% out of three. These playoffs, after a 9 out of 31 without interest in game 2 of the final, they are atâ¦ 31.7%.
He has yet to convict Milwaukee, who passed the Miami Heat in the first round, knocked out a hobbled Brooklyn Nets team in the second round and finished the Atlanta Hawks without Giannis in the Conference Finals. ‘Is. This series against Phoenix is âânot over, but it is different from the previous three.
Just over a week ago, in Game 4 against Atlanta, Antetokounmpo suffered what appeared to be a brutal knee injury. the hyperextension this happened when he landed on Clint Capela’s foot flexed his leg back in a terribly unnatural way. That he’s playing right now is remarkable.
“Twenty-four hours a day”, Giannis mentionned of the time he spent recovering from his injury before the final. “… I didn’t watch the clip, but when the play took place I thought I would be out for a year. … So I’m just glad that two games later I am back. “
There were times in both games of the Final when he didn’t quite look like himself. Each fall seems to induce a little apnea for the observers. There are grimaces here and there. But even that suggests a healing ability similar to Wolverine’s. It doesn’t seem possible that he is 100% close to himself when you watch a video of the injury.
Suns defenders can probably attest that a slowed down Giannis is always a nightmare to deal with. On Thursday, he was 14 of 17 on two-pointers. He hit the line for 18 free throw attempts. His willingness to learn from mistakes is in itself admirable. Many NBA players could avoid contact after a few aerial balls and the aggressive count he has heard from fans in all four series. Not Giannis. He keeps attacking, bum knee, obnoxious mobs and all.
Overall it really was a heroic comeback for Milwaukee’s top player. It does more than most might have expected. Now he needs his teammates to be up to the task.
A few, including Holiday and Middleton, have had their playoff moments. But these two are a total of 42.2% from the field and 31.7% from three in the playoffs. They just have to be better to make this series competitive.
As the Phoenix crowd rumbled “Suns in four!” with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, it was hard to disagree with them. It just might be a season of fate for the legendary CP3. It’s a move upmarket for Devin Booker, who seems to go from star to superstar. And it’s a breakthrough in its own right for Ayton.
Even though Giannis’ supporting roles play a bit better at home, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to overcome the depth and tenacity of the Suns. If he doesn’t get a little more from Holiday, Middleton and company, however, âSuns in fourâ could be the calling card for the 2021 playoffs.