‘Ball Don’t Lie’: Twitter Trolls Giannis Antetokounmpo for Missing the Clutch Free Throw Against Celtics

Published 12/23/2020, 11:37 PM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks had a rough start to their 2020-21 NBA campaign. They lost by just 1 point in a tightly fought battle at TD Garden against the Boston Celtics. However, they did have a chance to send the game to overtime; unfortunately, Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the clutch free throw.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In general, Giannis had a decent enough game, scoring 35 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Furthermore, the Greek Freak maintained his shooting percentage, going 50% from the field. But despite the sensational performance, it all came down to nothing.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) trips over Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

With 0.4 seconds left on the clock, he was sent to the line with a chance to level the scores, but this was a relief for the Celtics. Giannis is not known for his prowess from the charity stripe, and he choked on the game tying free-throw.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Furthermore, this came right after the dagger by Jayson Tatum, who put the Celtics ahead by 2 points in the first place. Tatum dug deep into his bag to hit the game-winning shot, while the reigning DPOY was guarding him. Due to these back-to-back plays, Giannis is receiving flak from NBA fans.

Twitter reacts to Giannis missing clutch free throw

NBA fans are ruthless when a player like Giannis Antetokounmpo messes up the game. This time was no different: Twitter was quick to react to Giannis’ blunder in the dying minutes of the game.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Hopefully, the Greek Freak can come back stronger in the next game and lead the Bucks to a win. This season is really important for him; otherwise, some might even start labeling him as a ‘Playoff Choker’.

What’s next for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks?

The best way for Giannis to recover might be to just put this close defeat behind his back. Every team likes to begin the season on a winning note, and the Bucks gave it their all. They erased a double-point lead in the final quarter behind a stellar performance by Giannis and Jrue Holiday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Moving ahead, they just need to keep up the same level of energy and the Bucks will be right on track.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Aikansh Chaudhary

771 articles

Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT