WATCH: Chris Paul Schools Giannis Antetokounmpo With Classic Step Back Midrange in NBA Finals Game 6

Published 07/20/2021, 10:50 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


It was a deja vu of Game 5 as Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns come back from a 13 point first quarter deficit to lead at the half in Game 6. The Bucks came out swinging in the first quarter as they scored 29. However, it was a completely different story in the second quarter.

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Milwaukee managed just 13 points in the entire quarter. On the other hand, Phoenix stepped up their defense big time, forcing constant turnovers and playing great defense throughout the second quarter. Cameron Payne was the force off the bench, scoring 10 quick points in 6 minutes of play.

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) shoots the ball as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends in the first half during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For the Bucks, it has been all Giannis as others kept on missing in the second quarter. Middleton started strong, scoring 7 in the first quarter. However, he added just 2 points while also picking up 3 fouls to his name. Jrue Holiday is struggling with just 2 points on 1-11 shooting.

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The Phoenix Suns got the Chris Paul they desperately needed. He has been really good, choosing his shots wisely and making plays for his team. Even DeAndre Ayton has made his presence felt on both ends of the floor as he has 8 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

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Chris Paul with a classic midrange on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Chris Paul scored on Giannis with a classic step-back midrange shot in the second quarter. Paul is currently leading the Suns in points and assists with 13 and 4, respectively.

This is a much different Chris Paul from the previous games. CP3 is being aggressive, getting to his spot and killing the Bucks with his midrange game. He has done a great job to score on every defender that has been on him so far. He is not ready to throw in the towel yet and will fight till the end.

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) passes the ball in front of Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the second half during game five of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

However, the ‘Greek Freak’ is not far behind as he has kept Milwaukee close in this game. Giannis has already accumulated 17 points and 3 blocks in 2 quarters of play. Moreover, he has missed just 1 of his 6 free throws until now. He is the only Bucks player who could score well in the second quarter of the game.

Jrue is struggling again

The Milwaukee Bucks need Jrue Holiday to get going on the offensive end of the floor. They can’t have Jrue scoring just 2 points while taking 11 shots. In addition, their offense, apart from Giannis, has been stagnant. The Bucks are shooting just 17% from deep and 35 from the field.

Moreover, the Bucks have turned the ball over 10 times in the ball game already so far. Middleton and Jrue need to contribute more on the offensive end.

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Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) fouls Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the third quarter in game four of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee will look to wrap up the Finals here as they will not want to go to Phoenix for a Game 7. However, they need other players to step up. Who do you think will win the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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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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