After a long race, we are finally here. The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks are battling in the 2021 NBA Finals. The team lead by Monty Williams won the first two games and looks favorite to become the champion.
Therefore, game 3 is crucial. The series shifts to Milwaukee now, so Bucks will have the advantage of their court. At the same time, Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t fully recovered after his injury, so he can’t play at 100%.
The Suns showed great ball movement, and Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton played incredibly. On the other side, besides Antetokounmpo, no other player from the Bucks raised to the level of a final.
However, in this playoff, we’ve seen some crazy comebacks, and the Phoenix Suns shouldn’t start celebrating yet. Even Booker said that he and his teammates start every game thinking that it’s still 0-0. If Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton can stop Booker and Paul or if they focus on one player to frustrate him, they can produce disunity in the Suns’ team.
This game is crucial. If Bucks win, they have some momentum and the advantage of their court to try to get game 4 too. If the Suns win, the Finals are over. The pressure is on Antetokounmpo and his team.
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