Three games into the 2021 NBA Finals, one team is two wins away from the championship. The other is hoping to extend this to a Game Six.
Sure, this championship slugfest between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns is something that nobody predicted. But, it doesn’t mean that this won’t be as exciting as the other Finals match-up we’ve seen before. Many view this series as one of the most unpredictable championship bouts the NBA has ever seen.
The Phoenix Suns won the first two games of the best-of-seven series despite Giannis Antetokounmpo putting up big numbers. Then, Game Three saw a different Bucks squad.
Antetokounmpo finished Game Three with 41 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and a steal in 38 minutes. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, nine assists, and a steal.
On the other side, no Suns player breached the 20-point mark in Game Three. Chris Paul led the way with 19 points while two others scored 18 points apiece. Devin Booker was limited to ten points on three for 14 field goal shooting.
This series is anything but one-sided. If anything, this series could go to a Game Seven in Phoenix.
The Bucks will try to defend their floor on Game Four before the series switches back to Phoenix. However, we can expect a big bounce-back performance from Devin Booker. If the Bucks can replicate their defensive success against Booker in Game Three, this series will go to a Game Six.
If the Suns win Game Four, they can clinch the championship as early as Game Five.
That’s why Game Four is critical for both sides. It will dictate how long this series will be.
Who Will Take the Championship?
It’s a toss coin.
Nobody predicted neither team to be in the finals. And yet, both teams are giving fans the reasons to watch this slugfest.
Ultimately, the outcome of this series boils down to two things:
- Who stays healthy the longer?
- Who makes the necessary adjustments at the right time?
It depends on how long Giannis Antetokounmpo can carry the Bucks without getting injured again. It’s dependant on how Devin Booker and Chris Paul will bounce back from their subpar games. It depends on whether or not the rest of the Bucks will step it up in Game Four.
If you’re to ask this writer who he thinks will win the championship, it’s going to be the Phoenix Suns. Why?
Chris Paul is the why. He’s the difference-maker in this series. If CP3 plays well, the Suns win. If he isn’t himself like in Game Three, the Suns lose. It’s that simple.