Bucks Drop Game One; Giannis Returns

By Adam Roberts – 7/7/2021

The line between a hyperextended knee and a torn ACL is very fine. Anytime a basketball player injures their knee, the first though anyone likely has is: that player is probably out for an extended period of time.

For Giannis Antetokounmpo, “extended period of time” meant two games.

The Greek Freak was back on the floor for Game One of the NBA Finals last night in Phoenix, accumulating 20 points in 35 minutes of action. Unfortunately, a big game for Chris Paul, difficulty getting to the free throw line, and off nights from other role players who stepped up big against the Hawks doomed Milwaukee to a 118-105 loss.

Khris Middleton had 29 points despite not taking a singled free throw all night. And Jrue Holiday was held to just 4-14 shooting for 10 points and had an abysmal plus/minus of -16; Brook Lopez did him one worse with a -17.

Game Two is tomorrow night in Phoenix. Coverage begins at 7pm on ESPN La Crosse 105.5 and espnlacrosse.com!