‘Giannis O’Neal!!’: Kendrick Perkins & Others React to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks’ NBA Finals Game 3 Win vs Suns

Published 07/11/2021, 11:01 PM EDT
Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball under pressure from Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) and forward Mikal Bridges (25) during the second quarter during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns entered Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks with hopes of gaining a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. But the Milwaukee Bucks survived another night with a win that is going to keep their hopes of a title alive. Looks like playing in front of their own fans motivated them to avoid a 3-0 hole with a 120-100 victory. And now that the Suns’ dreams of a sweep have been crushed, how is the NBA world responding?

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Milwaukee Bucks recovering from a 2-0 deficit

The Bucks already proved that they could come out of a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs after they bested the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals. And it’s possible that history might repeat itself. They are now a win away from tying the series after their victory in Game 3.

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The Suns’ secret to winning Games 1 and 2 was their incredible offensive prowess. Devin Booker, Chris Paul, DeAndre Ayton, and Mikal Bridges were becoming too much for Milwaukee to handle. However, the tables turned tonight. The Bucks’ trifecta, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton played on another level.

While Giannis put up a whopping 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists, Khris and Jrue combined for 39 points too. Everyone had predicted that if Giannis got more help in dropping buckets, it could prove to be a nightmare for the Suns. And that’s exactly what happened. Here’s how the NBA world is reacting to Milwaukee’s comeback.

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Should the Phoenix Suns worry about a miraculous upset?

The Phoenix Suns started off leading the game as their backcourt outperformed the Bucks’ in the first half. But the second quarter was a game-changer for Giannis and Co. They got their first double-digit lead, not of the game, but of the series in the second quarter.

Not only that, but Giannis was also terrific from the foul line. He went 10 of 13 which is the best Milwaukee could have hoped for keeping his track record so far. All of three quarters, the Bucks came out as the better team.

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Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker could only add 10 points tonight, with Chris Paul as their lead scorer at 19 points, DeAndre Ayton and Jae Crowder were making some contributions too. The only thing fans were worried about was the Bucks closing the game without tanking their 20 points in the fourth quarter, but that went smoothly too.

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

Will the Bucks tie this series in Game 4 and crush the Suns’ dreams of winning their first NBA championship? Or will this just be dismissed as a lucky night and the Suns will take it from here and finish off the series in Game 5?

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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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