Updated:Jul 12, 2021
The Bucks keep their hopes up in the Finals after huge win over Suns (100-120)
Monday night, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks are down 2-0 in the series and need a win to stay alive in the series. Ahead of Game 3, the Milwaukee Bucks had two games at home to try to turn around the series. The Phoenix Suns led by Chris Paul and Devin Booker want to take at least one game away to get closer to the title.
To help his team to get their first win in the NBA Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo compiled 41 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. The Greek Freak put up an incredible performance to keep him on track in the NBA Finals. With that performance, Giannis became the second player in the NBA history to score 40+ points & 10+ rebounds in two consecutive games during the NBA Finals after Shaquille O’Neal. He also became the 6th player in history to score 40 points in two consecutive games in the NBA Finals after Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Rick Barry, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal.
After the game Giannis Antetokounmpo shared his thoughts as he was compared to Michael Jordan in the 1993 NBA Finals:
“I am not Michael Jordan… but all I care about right now is getting one more. Take care of business, doing our job.Giannis Antetokounmpo
Even though Giannis put his team on his shoulders he needs his teammates to win as he can’t win these series alone and most importantly the Bucks need to keep the same energy and defensive intensity that they had all season.
The defensive abilities of the team is a really big component in their success as it helps the team to get more fastbreak opportunities. Therefore, the win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 is mostly due to the fact that they successfully held every starter of the Suns under 20 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo reflected on his performance following the Milwaukee Bucks Game 3 victory:
“I am happy , I am able to be out there, happy to have a chance to comeback [from injury]. We got better between (Games) 1 and 2 and 3. We just got to keep building. That’s our goal.”Giannis Antetokounmpo
Now the Milwaukee Bucks need to repeat the same kind of performance to even the series and pretend to the title. Those NBA Finals could take a new turn now that the Bucks took their first game. We can also be happy that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s knee injury doesn’t seem to slow him down at all which is a very good sign.
In the case of the Phoenix Suns, they will need to come back stronger for Game 4 as they did not perform well in Game 3 for their first away game. The Suns will need a good Chris Paul and a great Devin Booker to win the title.