Giannis Antetokounmpo had not played for five games, set aside by the League’s anti-COVID protocol. The biggest day for the NBA is back, Christmas Day. And he did it with a performance worthy of such an important date. After losing by 19 points in the second quarter, after going down 15 at halftime, the Greek took the reins of the game in an impressive second half to, little by little, leave some rivals without desire to live, without a soul. that were getting smaller with the passing of the minutes. The last visiting arreon put the Celtics up 13 with 5 minutes to go. From there this is what happened: Giannis’s dunk, Giannis’s dunk, Giannis’s assist, Giannis’s two-shot, Jaylen Brown’s two-shot, Giannis’s two free throws, Giannis’s dunk, Giannis’s two-shot , two free throws by Jaylen Brown and a final triple by Wesley Mathews.
And if that triple was final, it is because on the next play, the Celtics’ penultimate attack and the last one with options to keep the game alive, Antetokounmpo put a monumental block on Robert Williams after intimidating Jayson Tatum 180º in the other. address. A defensive honor plate action in a matter of tenths of a second. Giannis finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Superb. Also returning to the Bucks were Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo, the latter to make his season debut. The first was decisive from the bench with 16 goals, 10 rejections and four basket passes in 22 minutes.
If in the aforementioned series of final plays only Tatum appears to remove the brown of getting up with Anteto in front, it is not by chance. The young Celtic star is coming out of the limelight this season, which should have been his definitive conversion into a league superstar. Far from it, their clutch numbers leave a lot to be desired. Today 0/2 with two losses. During the course he averages 35.3% in shots in the decisive minutes, having shot 51 times (the second that he has done the most in the NBA), making only 2/16 triples, giving 4 assists and losing 9 balls in total. The Celtics, one more day and a few are going, left in the last minutes a game that they seemed to have in hand. It cannot be a coincidence that whoever is supposed to be his best player has this statistic.