Candace Parker Takes a Page Out of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Book While Celebrating Chicago Sky’s WNBA Championship Win

Published 10/18/2021, 7:18 AM EDT
Oct 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Sky forward/center Candace Parker (3) celebrates with teammates after the second half of game four of the 2021 WNBA Finals against the Phoenix Mercury at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports


Candace Parker put her hometown on her back as she carried them to the championship. The Chicago Sky won their first-ever WNBA title and Parker came up big. Her clutch performance and other contributions helped Chicago to their maiden trophy. After such a big night, a celebration is a must. Likewise, Parker took inspiration from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Parker had many moments in Game 4 of the finals. She went on a 9 point streak of her own. Moreover, she also shot the game-tying three-pointer. She was a major reason that Chicago could pull off the comeback. Not only was she great with her offense, but she also did her job on the defensive end as well, ending with 4 steals and a block. It was a big performance in the series clincher, similar to the ‘Greek freak’s’ 50 point performance in the NBA finals.

Oct 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Sky head coach James Wade, left, and Chicago Sky forward/center Candace Parker (3) after the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 in game four of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Well, not only did she perform like him, but she also adopted his celebration moves after winning her second WNBA championship.

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Candace Parker takes the Giannis way to celebrate

After winning the NBA championship, Antetokounmpo took his trophies on a drive around the city. He also went to Chick-fil-A to celebrate his win. However, his order was reminiscent of his historic performance as he ordered 50 chicken nuggets. Likewise, even Parker felt like doing something similar to celebrate her win.

After completing an enthralling win with Sky, Candace Parker took everyone to Potillo’s to celebrate. She documented the entire experience on her Instagram as well. While there, she stated that they are taking the Giannis route and even ordered a 16 piece. Coincidentally, Candace also scored 16 points in the series clincher.

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However, celebration aside, Parker was outstanding in Game 4. The Sky were out until she stepped up and brought them back into the game. After that, Allie Quigley hit some big three pointers in the fourth quarter to bring them back close. Her huge fourth quarter helped her finish the game with 26 points for the night.

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Vanderstool had a near triple-double with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 15 assists in Game 4. However, when it comes to the entire series, Kahleah Cooper was the star. She averaged 17 points and 5.5 rebounds in the 4 games and even won Finals MVP for her performance.

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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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