Giannis Antetokounmpo blocked Deandre Ayton in NBA finals
Posted On July 15, 2021
There’s a reason he’s called the Greek Freak.
And Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered Exhibit A at the end of Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
As the Milwaukee Bucks maintained a two-point lead with just over a minute to go, the Suns’ Devin Booker threw a pass to Deandre Ayton. Giannis Antetokounmpo took the opportunity to block Ayton’s shot and preserve the Bucks’ lead.
Milwaukee went on to take the 109-103 victory, tying the championship series in best of seven games at two games apiece, and keeping the Bucks’ chances of winning the franchise’s first NBA Championship since 1971.
It wasn’t Antetokounmpo’s first mind-blowing blockade in the 2021 NBA Finals.
In Game 1 of the Final, Antetokounmpo – in his first move since his left knee hyperextended in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final – had a chase block from a Mikal Bridges layup attempt. ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy noted during the game’s broadcast how Antetokounmpo’s Bridges block was reminiscent of LeBron James’ legendary play on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.