Felt ‘Great’: Giannis Antetokounmpo Gives Encouraging Update on His Injury after NBA Finals Game 1

Published 07/07/2021, 5:29 AM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee Bucks had a disappointing outing as they lost game 1 of the NBA finals to Phoenix. The first game of the finals is always crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the series. Giannis Antetokounmpo & co will now have to fight away from home and try to level the series.

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Speaking of Giannis Antetokounmpo, he surprised everyone as he took the floor in game 1. Many analysts believed he wouldn’t play the first few games of the series. However, the ‘Greek ‘Freak’ suited up and joined his team in battle.

Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he felt great

Post the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo said that he felt great playing game 1. He further said, “I thought my knee was stable.” He also cleared that his knee was not in pain while he was out on the floor.

Giannis has been working extremely hard to get back to physical condition. In addition, coach Bud at the Bucks media availability revealed that Giannis started doing court work. The ‘Greek Freak’ has not stopped his rehab process as he is desperate to be a part of the NBA finals and help Milwaukee over the line.

Giannis did not look his best as he added just 20 points to the mix. However, it is clear that he is willing to do anything for his team. No matter if he has to fight through an injury, Giannis Antetokounmpo is not letting his team go out there alone.

Bucks will fight back

After losing 118-105 in Game 1, there is no doubt that Milwaukee will play harder than they did. Milwaukee shot far better than Phoenix from the deep, making 44% of their shots to Phoenix’s 32%. In addition, Giannis Antetokounmpo only played his first game after being back from injury.

However, the Milwaukee Bucks need to improve their free throw shooting. Giannis shot 12 of the 16 of the Bucks’ free throws and made 7 of them. With game 2 only two days from now, Milwaukee will definitely go through their strategies once again.

Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Bucks need to figure a way to keep Chris Paul at bay. Although Booker scored 27, they did a great job on him as he shot just 38% from the field and 14% from 3. However, CP3 went for 32 points on 63% shooting, with half his points coming in the third.

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Milwaukee needs to go back to the drawing board and evaluate their game plan. Do you think Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will make a comeback?

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