How Giannis Antetokounmpo tore the Boston Celtics apart in Game 1

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks made an exclamation point in the series’ first game against the Boston Celtics. Can the champion crush the NBA’s best defense without his second-best scorer?

Soberly speaking, 9 out of 25 off the field does not sound like a particularly good match, especially for someone who has consistently put more than 50 percent of his throws in the basket for years. That’s still the case, even if we revise it down to 9/24, after all, one of the official misses was actually a pass, to himself, across the board, logical.

There is no name for such a play, so it’s officially a miss / offensive rebound / hit combination and unofficially just a “T-Mac” or “How the hell did he do that, was it on purpose ?!”. Either way: the price was not good, we can agree on that.

The 14 points in the zone were also pretty mediocre considering that Giannis had three games of 20+ against the Bulls. The Celtics had a solid defensive game plan, where they almost always worked with two, often three defenders and helped a lot, especially in the form of Robert Williams, who made a series of ringside shots difficult, or with Marcus Smart.

Giannis hit 6/14 in the zone and had only 4 fastbreak points, two factors Boston can pat on the back after game 1 as they are consistent scorers for Giannis. In short, it was not a “just run, jump and dunk” game, which, to paraphrase James Harden, is Giannis’ greatest skill.

Instead, it was a game for the best player in the world, which probably only one could have dominated in this form, at both ends of the field. For just so we are aware, it was an impressive dominant performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo. An idea that could scare the Celtics, who were so hot recently.

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