WATCH: Chris Paul Makes Giannis Antetokounmpo Dance With His Shifty Handles During NBA Finals Game 3 vs Bucks

Published 07/11/2021, 10:51 PM EDT
Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second quarter in game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks outshined the Phoenix Suns in all of Game 3 and got one step closer to tying the series in the NBA Finals. This win was vital for the Bucks to keep their dream of winning a championship for the first time since 1971. However, the stakes to win this series are even higher for the Suns’. They are looking to get the franchise their first title ever. And although they lost Game 3, the Suns’ Chris Paul putting the moves on Giannis in the fourth quarter was the highlight.

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Chris Paul tried to keep the game close

The Phoenix Suns trailed almost the entirety of the game as the Milwaukee Bucks offense kicked off with their trio dropping buckets left and right. Phoenix’s consistent lead scorer Devin Booker wasn’t at his best, as he finished the night with a meager 10 points.

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If it wasn’t for Cp3, DeAndre Ayton, and Jae Crowder, who picked up the slack, the game would have ended in a worse condition. In fact, Chris Paul was their top scorer with 19 points and even schooled Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo with his moves.

Giannis, who is known to block unexpected bucks, couldn’t fathom what Paul was pulling off on him. So, the Suns may have lost, but they kept their dignity and didn’t let Milwaukee have it too easy.

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The Milwaukee Bucks inches away from a tie

As long as Giannis gets support on the offense, they have a shot at tying the series in the upcoming game. Unless Booker comes alive in Game 4 and doesn’t let the Bucks get their hands on another win.

Both the teams have a lot to lose but a lot to prove in this series. Being the underdogs, they weren’t the top team on anybody’s list to reach the NBA Finals, but here they are.

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And now, while Milwaukee will be looking to end their championship drought, the Suns are hoping to create history with their first title.

Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jeff Teague (5) shoots during the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Suns tank the comfortable lead they got through their first two wins? Or will this just be a lucky night for the Bucks that won’t come again? Only time will tell.

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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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