Basketball: Antitokonmo ousts Boston and Memphis thrashes Golden State


Thanks to Jonah Frick, the Bucks advanced 3-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In the West, the Grizzlies revived against the Warriors.

With 40 points and 11 rebounds, Giannis Antikonmo hit the Celtics hard.

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Milwaukee, pulled by the superpowers of Giannis Antetokonmo, 40 points, won the snatch in Boston (110-107), to look at the Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, in the NBA, where Memphis humiliated Golden State (134-95) , to survive in the West.

“Never underestimate the heart of a champ,” Houston Rockets coach Rudi Tomjanovic said during Hakim Olaywan’s tenure, even though he lost. The Bucks, who are now 3-2 ahead in this series streak, made that aphorism of their own, coming a long way in this still intense fifth meeting, at the TD Garden Cauldron.

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Led by 14 units, they counted on Antetokounmpo, who carried them an arm’s length away. In the second quarter, Giannis scored 15 out of 19 points for the team, the author of the double move, whose outstretched arm gesture called down the circle, the crazy move made by the former Sixers idol, Julius Irving … 42 years ago until today, against the Lakers, in the final championship.

The Greek Freak, who fired on 16/27 (11 rebounds), wasn’t alone until the end. After the basket behind the arc (105-102), to respond to an exceptional click from Al Horford still solid (8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 interceptions), the 2019 and 2020 MVP opened under the right arc after the shock, then missed a free throw decisive.

Boston was judged for exploiting it

But Bobby Portes (14 points, 15 rebounds) rose to the rebound, who had just bounced back in two runs, before Jrue Holiday (24 points, 8 assists) proved decisive with a counter and interception by Marcus Smart (15 points), which from Likely to cause nightmares.

The Bucks’ Pride Explosion, in the absence of Khris Middleton (knee), saves them from returning to the wall. Better: It puts the Celtics on edge and will have to pull off the feat on Friday, in Wisconsin. They established themselves there in the N.4 match, they are capable of it. Especially since Jason Tatum (34 points, 6 rebounds) and Jaylene Brown (26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) responded.

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In the West, in front of their audience, the Grizzlies put all their hearts and all their claws to return 3-2 against the indifferent Warriors, who looked like chicks against the pros and ended up smashing. They lamented as many as 55 units, in time for their playoff franchise record (a 56-point defeat in 1973 against the Lakers). All without the opposite star, Ja Morant, injured in the right knee.

However, we couldn’t imagine Golden State playing basketball worse than they did two days ago, during Game 4 he won miraculously, having fought to take advantage of the advantage for the first time with 45 seconds remaining.

“It was awful”

However, Californians, whose coach Steve Kerr is under the Covid protocol, which can explain a lot of things, succeeded in doing so. And this time, it’s not awkward in attack – Stephen Curry (14 points) and Clay Thompson (19 points) shot scantly but correctly – because a score of zero from the fight, not quite worthy of their title, which is in question. It was awful and embarrassing,” Thompson said wistfully. “We all intended to finish it tonight, but sometimes basketball is an inaccurate science and we’ve been a shadow of ourselves.”

The contrast was stark with their survival mode opponents, who posed a physical challenge and fought back on all the balls, including executing 18 offensive rebounds resulting in several second shots that hit the mark.

The Grizzlies, who managed to limit any “dependence on Morant” during the regular season (20 wins in 25 games), put on a show of collective strength with seven players at least ten points, Garen Jackson Jr., Desmond Payne and Teos Jones. After all of them scored 21. They proved that they would sell their skin very dearly. Golden State to remember this Friday.

The embodiment of the dominance of foreign basketball players in the NBA and the era of multiple giants, Nikola Jokic became the 13th player in history to be named the MVP of the regular season for the second consecutive season. The 27-year-old Center Denver Nuggets are now part of the same club as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antikonmo . All legends, except for Nash and himself, were also heroes.

“Just being with Bill (Russell) and all the players who have made history in this league and in this sport… I mean, that’s just, that says a lot. It means a lot,” he said, on NBA Show on TNT, ‘The Joker,’ which averaged 27.1 points with 58.3% success, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists this season, improving his stats in nearly every sector compared to the previous year.

He earned the plaudits of 65 journalists out of 100 in first place, and, like last year, overtaken the Cameroonian hub in Philadelphia, Joel Embiid. Third place went to Greek Giannis Antetokounmo, twice winner in 2019 and 2020.

(France Press agency)

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