“Figured out how to beat Phoenix”: NBA legend Julius Erving Believes Milwaukee Bucks Will Close Out Series in Game 6

Published 07/19/2021, 2:41 AM EDT
Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) attempts to control the ball as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) defends in the first half during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee Bucks upset Phoenix and took a crucial 3-2 lead. The Bucks closed out the game 123-119. However, everyone was on their feet till the last second. With the road win, Milwaukee Bucks are just one game away from becoming NBA champions. Moreover, Game 6 will be played at Fiserv Forum, which adds a huge boost for the Deers.

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Many wrote off Milwaukee after the first 2 games. However, the Bucks have shown their fight and turned the odds in their favour. Recently, Bucks’ legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, showed support for his former team and said Bucks will wrap it up in 6 games.

Now, another icon of the game is siding with the Milwaukee Bucks to close out the series at Fiserv Forum.

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Julius Erving believes Bucks will win Game 6

‘Dr,J’ says that he thinks the Milwaukee Bucks are going to finish off the series in Game 6. He said he knew that they were a better team coming into the series and have now figured out how to beat the Phoenix Suns. Julius Erving said:

“Well, in the beginning I thought they were the better team. But, they didn’t necessarily play like the better team, so that’s why Phoenix had the 2-0 lead. Right now, Milwaukee has figured out how to beat Phoenix. So, unless something extraordinary happens on the road in Milwaukee, then it probably will end in six games.”

While Milwaukee showed their superiority in Game 3, the last 2 games have gone right down to the wire. Both teams have shown a sense of extreme desire to do whatever it takes to win.

Giannis came back to play after suffering a hyper-extended knee in the Atlanta series. Devin Booker played in the playoffs despite a nose injury.

Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game four of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So, it is extremely tough to say what happens in the next game. Phoenix came real close to snatch a win on the road in Game 4. Moreover, they have a great roster and one of the best leaders, Chris Paul.

Can Milwaukee Bucks win Game 6?

Milwaukee has been playing excellent basketball in the last 3 games. However, an important takeaway from what Julius Erving said is that the Bucks don’t play like the better team. So, Milwaukee Bucks may look better on paper, but sometimes, they self-destruct.

Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) reach for the loose ball during the fourth quarter during game four of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In addition, Phoenix has been the surprise team in the playoffs. Devin Booker is going off with back to back 40 point performances for the Suns. Chris Paul can hit big time buckets as we saw in the last game. Ayton has been impressive on both ends of the floor as well.

For the Bucks, Giannis and Middleton have been the primary scorers of the ball. However, the major factor will be Jrue Holiday. His performance in Game 5 was the main reason the Bucks could take a win on the road. He was dominant on both ends of the floor with 27 points, 13 assists and 3 steals.

Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the fourth quarter during game four of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

If Holiday can deliver, it will take a lot of load off Giannis and Middleton. Giannis has been the best player and is the favorite to win the Finals MVP as he is averaging 32 points, 13 rebounds and just 1.6 turnovers per game.

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Suns will need Chris Paul to come up in Game 6. He has been off in the last 3 games for Phoenix. His performance could very well be the ‘make or break’ factor for the Phoenix Suns. He needs to lead this team by example in Game 6.

Do you think Phoenix Suns win on the road to force a Game 7? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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