Reggie Miller Explains How Bucks Can Lose NBA Finals vs Suns if Giannis Antetokounmpo Doesn’t Play To His Strengths

Published 07/13/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
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 Milwaukee Bucks have started their comeback in the NBA 2021 Finals. After losing the first two games comprehensively, the Bucks produced a much-improved performance in Game-3, beating the Phoenix Suns 120-100. The Milwaukee Bucks attack was led again by their magician Giannis Antetokounmpo. Aided by Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, Giannis scored 41 points and pulled off 13 rebounds on the night. In fact, it was Middleton who posed questions and threats for the Suns in the first quarter.

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After falling behind by a slender margin of three points in Q1, Giannis and the Bucks took over. It was a procession of points that followed, along with some phenomenal solidity on the defensive end. The Bucks were the superior side in transition, and everything seemed to click for them. For the Suns, none of their players were able to exceed 20 points. It was a structured masterclass from the men in green, who are a step away from squaring things up in the title clash.

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Reggie Miller sheds light on Giannis’ efforts and the Bucks

Talking about the intensifying Finals, former NBA legend and TNT analyst Reggie Miller detailed the enormity of what Antetokounmpo’s performances meant for the Bucks.

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“If he [Giannis] is going to settle for threes, they [Bucks] are going to lose, they’re going to lose the NBA Championship. To me, their dare shots that teams give him, make up the difference. I don’t care if they’re giving me dare shots, [they] make up the difference,” he said, during his appearance on the Dan Patrick show. “In Game-1, he wasn’t sure. He was still worried about the hyperextension of the knee, he wasn’t playing the game instinctual.”

Thoroughly impressed with the Bucks star’s injury recovery, Miller opined that Giannis was back with aplomb and said, “Greek freak, you know. He mends remarkable, and how he’s finishing too. Because the moves are crisp, they’re clean, they’re decisive.”

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

The Milwaukee Bucks are on the cusp of leveling the tie and making history. In order to inch closer to the Suns and then overtake them, the Bucks will be hoping for another team effort headed by their Greek Freak. The stage is set for a nail-biting cessation of the 2020-21 edition of the NBA. Will it be the Phoenix Suns or the Milwaukee Bucks?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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