Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to participate in the last two games of the Bucks-Eagle series due to excessive knee extension, so he was listed as a problematic first game in the first game of the 2021 NBA Finals.
At the end of the first half of the first game against the Suns, the “Greek Freak” was able to use a monster to stop and quell concerns about his health.
With less than a minute left in the second quarter, Antetokounmpo flew in from nowhere and shot Mikal Bridges from the rebound. This ensures that the Suns will not extend their lead to 10 points.
The following is the process of watching the game through the official Twitter account of the NBA.
Here is a look at the play from another angle (slow motion!):
Of course, in that game, LeBron James’s pursuit of the Warriors blocked some shadows. James was known for blocking Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to help the Cavaliers win the championship.
NBA Twitter noticed the similarities between the two games. Therefore, NBA fans compared Giannis’s blocking with LeBron’s, and at the same time marveled at the overall athletic ability of the Greek freak.
Jeff, Giannis’s pursuit block does not remind people of what LeBron did in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Although very annoying.
-Colb (@___Colb___) July 7, 2021
Giannis chasing the block is crazy
— Kevin OConnor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 7, 2021
Giannis’s shot reminds me of LeBron’s 7th game. “Blocked by Antetokounmpo” will become a classic Mike Breen line pic.twitter.com/7AavQmyhu8
— Saransh Sharma (@saransh_s1) July 7, 2021
I think I overstretched my knees while watching Giannis’s block
-sreekar (@sreekyshooter) July 7, 2021
Talk hard/look hard @Giannis_An34 Because he just finished a great defensive game in a hurry @NBA Entered the playoffs with incredible blocks. @Sun Team 16 behind @DevinBook Leading 57-49 at halftime.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) July 7, 2021
Despite Antetokounmpo’s best efforts — 20 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and blocks — the Suns still became the winner in the first game of the series. Phoenix won the series with a 1-0 lead 118-105.