The unknown of Giannis Antetokounmpo turned the tie upside down as soon as the 2021 NBA Finals began between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks. Against all expectations and prognosis, the Greek star did play despite his bruised knee in the first game of the tie, he evidently takes on a very different color with him on the court.
Just a week after falling ill and suffering a left knee hyperextension Without structural damage, Anteto played cas if nothing had happened.
The two-time MVP starred in the first approach to the rim of the NBA Finals and forced a personal foul as soon as he started. He made one of the two free throws to open the scoreboard for the final after receiving contact from the defense in Attempt at alley-oop.
Later, the greek solved more doubts when the track was kicked from side to side after a loss and put a magnificent hat on Mikal Bridges. After the break, Anteto continued aggressive with a triple as soon as the third quarter started and showed that no part of your overall game has been affected by an injury that would typically take 10-14 days to heal… in the best case.
Anteto’s effort, which jumped onto the court eight days after injuring his knee In the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Finals, he did not do much good for his team against the choral exhibition of the Suns, who won 118-105 and made it 1-0 in the tie.
Giannis gave a morale boost that lasted as long as it lasted to some Bucks who need to react in defense and find resources beyond the Greek in attack. The two-time NBA MVP had a good first meeting with 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes of play (6-11 TC; 1-2 3P; 7-12 TL).
After the game, the Greek acknowledged that he had not even seen the play of his injury. “I have not seen the video, but when it happened I thought I would be out for a year, so I am glad to be back.”
With him on the court, the Bucks are still holding out hopes. There is no other double MVP and defender of the year on the court.