Giannis Antetokounmpo was listed as questionable to play within the first sport of the 2021 NBA Finals as a consequence of a hyperextended knee that stored him out of the ultimate two-plus video games of the Bucks-Hawks sequence.
“The Greek Freak” was capable of quell considerations about his well being with a monster block on the finish of the primary half of Recreation 1 in opposition to the Suns.
Antetokounmpo flew in out of nowhere to swat a Mikal Bridges shot off the backboard with lower than a minute left within the second quarter. That ensured the Suns would not prolong their result in 10 factors.
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Here is a take a look at the play, through the NBA’s official Twitter account.
And here is a take a look at the play from one other angle (and in sluggish movement!):
Actually, there have been shades of LeBron James’ chasedown block in opposition to the Warriors in that play. James famously blocked Andre Igoudala in Recreation 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to assist the Cavaliers win the title.
NBA Twitter seen the similarities between the 2 performs. As such, NBA followers in contrast Giannis’ block to LeBron’s, whereas additionally marveling on the Greek Freak’s general athletic skill.
Jeff, that chasedown block by Giannis isn’t harking back to what LeBron did in Recreation 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
It was nasty although.
– Colb (@___Colb___) July 7, 2021
That Giannis chase down block is crazzzzzy
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 7, 2021
That Giannis block gave me a flashback to the LeBron Recreation 7 block. “Blocked by Antetokounmpo” goes to be a basic Mike Breen line pic.twitter.com/7AavQmyhu8
— Saransh Sharma (@saransh_s1) July 7, 2021
I feel I hyperextended my very own knee watching that Giannis block
– sreekar (@sreekyshooter) July 7, 2021
Discuss enjoying laborious / check out the hassle of @ Giannis_An34 as he simply hustled & made one of many nice defensive performs within the @NBA playoffs with an unbelievable block shot . @Suns behind 16 by @DevinBook lead at half 57-49 .
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) July 7, 2021
Regardless of Antetokounmpo’s finest efforts — 20 factors, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, two steals and the block — the Suns nonetheless emerged from Recreation 1 of the sequence because the victors. Phoenix gained 118-105 to earn a 1-0 sequence lead.