‘A Great Leader’: Milwaukee Bucks’ Teammate is in Awe of Giannis Antetokounmpo After Stellar Performance vs Suns

Published 07/12/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Is the party just getting started for the Milwaukee Bucks? It seems so. The Bucks piggy-backed on Giannis Antetokounmpo once again to grab a vital Game 3 win in the NBA Finals. With just a game from tying the series with the Phoenix Suns, the Bucks could pull off a historical upset from here onwards. As long as Giannis does not have any slip-ups, the Suns should be worried. In fact, his teammate Bobby Portis can’t help but rant about Giannis’ potential in a post-game interview.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo cuts the Suns’ lead

Thanks to Giannis, the Milwaukee Bucks were able to avoid a 3-0 deficit which would have been much more difficult to overcome. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. They pulled off an upset against the Brooklyn Nets as well in the Eastern Conference Finals, after losing the first two games.

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Giannis finished the night with a whopping 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. In his 38 minutes, he kept the Bucks’ double-digit leads intact, with some help from Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, who added 18 and 21 points, respectively. Not only did Antetokounmpo bring this win, but he also made history with his performance by adding his name next to a legend like Shaquille O’Neal.

After what transpired on the court, Bobby Portis couldn’t contain his compliments for their superstar. He stated, “Man, his name speaks for himself, the Greek Freak. He can do some crazy things out there on the basketball court.”

“Being able to hyperextend his knee just two weeks ago, and to be able to come in and get 40 points back to back and pretend like he didn’t even hyperextend his knee… He’s a relentless player, he’s a great leader, and it’s fun to play with him out there,” Portis concluded.

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Can the Greek Freak lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a title?

A championship has been in the books for Milwaukee for a while now. They have been brilliant each regular season but have lucked out in the playoffs. However, this is the closest they’ve gotten to winning a title since 1974. So, tanking it might be the end for Giannis and the Bucks’ relationship.

There is only so much Giannis can do and so long he can stay in a team that won’t help him at a championship in his resume. So, winning this season’s NBA Finals is as important to the Bucks as it is for Giannis. All those who questioned Milwaukee’s efficiency when Giannis is on the court have been given a big punch on the face tonight.

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Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) battles Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There is no way without him, the Bucks could have prevented a third straight loss. If he continued to play at such a high level the rest of the series, while also getting enough support from the supporting cast, the Bucks might be lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy by the end of it.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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