Sometimes when you write these live blogs, you are so obsessed with getting the details right (who is currently winning, the current score, the players who just scored, which player is red hot and who can’t buy a shot, etc. .) that the key moments of the game are not even recorded at that time. Looking back at Thursday’s Game 4 live blog, it’s clear that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game-changing block (quickly labeled “the largest block in NBA history” by some who are probably getting ahead of himself a bit) barely recorded here as “Giannis gets a big block at the other end.”
Well, here’s the thing about moments like this: for the most part, they’re not really imprinted in historical memory unless they are eliminated by the winning team. Right now? Well right now that is up in the air. After getting in the driver’s seat by taking a 2-0 lead in the Finals, the Suns lost their next two to the Milwaukee Bucks, thanks in large part to the fact that Giannis has been absolutely dominant on both ends. Now, everything is even after four, which means this has been reduced to a series of three games.
One of the key reasons the Suns struggled in Game 4 was that Chris Paul was 5-for-13 and had several turnovers, including an all-out howl that essentially allowed Milwaukee to maintain their victory. It has led to speculation that his hand injury is affecting him more than anyone is willing to admit. Since teams don’t like to hand over such information to opposing teams, we likely won’t know exactly how healthy someone is until after the series is over.
The good news is that we are now going to have at least six games in what is shaping up to be a very exciting final. It also appears that the concern that a lack of big-name franchises would hurt viewership was at least somewhat overstated. It’s almost like great basketball is great basketball, even if it doesn’t involve LeBron James or Steph Curry. If the first four games are any indication, we should have another exciting game on our hands. If you’d like to contribute to this blog live, as always, you can email us (at [email protected]) or tweet us (at @HunterFelt) and we will use your comments at all times. It’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns! We are scheduled to start shortly after 9:00 pm EST, but this blog will be back long before then.
Hunter will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Andrew Lawrence on the man leading the Suns:
Time has not been kind to the Phoenix Suns. Seven days ago they appeared to be on an inexorable march toward their first championship in franchise history as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks with double-digit losses and reduced Giannis Antetokounmpo to a one-man band. But since the series migrated from Phoenix to Milwaukee, the home team has not only come to life behind Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and other supporting players; the Greek has been in his strangest moment: he added a combined total of 61 points (with 60% of shots), 27 rebounds and a lead preservation block in Game 4.
Now a pivotal Game 5 looms Saturday in Phoenix with the series tied 2-2. The Bucks have all the momentum, while the home team could well slip into a bad position if the visitors manage to steal one along the way, given the 82% rate at which Game 5 winners take all the boat. With their season in a dark hour, the Suns suddenly find themselves backing off the wall. But if there’s anyone who can keep them going, it’s Monty Williams.
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism