NBA Finals 2021: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Suggests How Bucks Should Utilize Giannis Antetokounmpo Against Suns

Published 07/14/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Cameron Johnson (23) during the second half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA Finals are heading forward in full swing between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. After Bucks’ Game 3 victory, they have cut down the Suns’ lead by 2-1. With the 2021 finals taking a sharp turn, discussions and analysis have suggested a mixed prediction for the upcoming matchups.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks from the front in his first finals appearance. He averaged 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists to hand over his team a 120-100 Game 3 win against Phoenix. However, in order to continue the winning streak, Milwaukee Bucks legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has advice for his team. Kareem says, “They’ve got to learn how to blend their inside game and their outside game.” 

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Bucks need to channelize the dominance of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the finals

Mike Budenhozer and his team were dominated 2-0 by Phoenix at the beginning of the NBA Finals. The third game finally saw the Bucks on the winning end. Nonetheless, many believe that the eastern kings could take over the trophy from here on.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2-time league MVP, is going strong in the series. However, Kareem believes that his efforts aren’t equating well with Bucks’ results in this finals series. “He’s [Giannis] had plenty of games where he scored 30 and 40 points and they’d lost. So, they’ve got to do it a different way where his effort is blended into something that works for everybody.”

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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

The 6-time NBA champion is clearly pointing towards Finals Game 2 wherein Giannis dropped 41 points and Milwaukee still got defeated by the Phoenix Suns. It was a one-man show by the Greek Freak without much aid from his team.

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Can Milwaukee Bucks repeat their Game 3 victory?

Despite pointing out their areas of improvement, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will remain on Milwaukee’s side. He believes in Bucks winning the 2021 championship after a powering Game 3. “The game that they [Bucks] won in Brooklyn, they were wonderful because they moved the ball around, a lot of different guys got wide-open shots. They look like a great balanced team,” Kareem further added.

On the other end, Devin Booker and Chris Paul will be looking to accelerate their lead even further. Giannis and co. have a long way to go to take this ring home. Can they do it this time?

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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