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Antocompo's block in Money Time drew comparisons to King James: "A legendary move." CP3 again disappointed: "Gave his worst play in the playoffs at the most inopportune time." The reactions

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"The Greatest Block Ever Beside LeBron": Yannis Astonished the NBA, Paul Absorbs Fire

Antocompo's block in Money Time drew comparisons to King James: "A legendary move."

CP3 again disappointed: "Gave his worst play in the playoffs at the most inopportune time."

And also: Boker's offense scandal.

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Thursday, 15 July 2021, 07:26

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The NBA is still having a hard time digesting the move that decided Game 4 of the Finals Series: 1:15 minutes to go, with Milwaukee two points ahead, Yannis Antocompo provided one of the biggest defensive moves of recent years - blocking Diandra Eyton and preventing him from halving the ball. High in the air, and with the Phoenix center already seen the safe way to two easy points.

Although Antocompo relied on Chris Middleton on offense in the final minutes, his clutch move drew particularly flattering comparisons across the NBA, and many found a resemblance between Yannis 'block and LeBron James' famous block in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, followed by Cleveland winning the championship Historically.

"He and LeBron can share the title of the greatest blockbuster of all time," boasted Milwaukee player Pat Conton.

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Yannis and the block (Photo: GettyImages, Stacy Revere)

(Photo: GettyImages, Stacy Revere)

In an ESPN broadcast in the United States, commentators explained why this is "one of the big recoveries you'll see," illustrating how Yannis covered a long distance from Eyton by a tenth of a second.

"Yannis 'block was crazy - reminiscent of LeBron," tweeted Andre Iguodala, the "victim" of that James' block.

Drymond Green joined in and wrote that "the Bucks are going to close this series, and this block is legendary!".

Damien Lillard tweeted that "Yannis' blocking probably won the game for them," and commentator Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer also noted, "I can't get over the fact that Yannis has just provided one of the most amazing blockades in NBA Finals history."


Milwaukee coach Mike Bodenholzer admitted "this is a special moment that will be remembered for years to come", but he also knows it was a two-star win: Chris Middleton provided the best playoff game of his career with 40 points, and in the last two minutes defeated Phoenix alone with 10 personal points against only 4 of the Suns.

"Batman," ESPN commentator Kendrick Perkins called him, adding that "he saved the lives of 40,000 people today. In the most important moments, Milwaukee put the ball in his hands. And she should keep going."


On the other hand, Phoenix threw in the trash a supreme show by Devin Booker. The young shooting guard sniped 42 points without scoring a single three-pointer, making all the defensive players the Bucks guard miserable, overpowering them again and again in one-on-one moves, in a scoring display that was a bit reminiscent of Kobe Bryant.

Boker knows he was at his peak, but realizes it doesn't matter in light of the result. "It does not matter. I said the same thing even after I had a hard time in the previous game - my main goal is to win the game, everything else does not matter."

Morning was also signed for one of the most controversial moments of the game: In the final quarter, when he was with five fouls, the Phoenix star committed a fairly clear foul on Jero Holiday in an attempt to stop an outburst, but the referees did not whistle. Judge James Capers then admitted that he should have whistled for a sixth offense in the morning: "At first I saw a clean block, but after watching the replays I realize I missed it, it was an offense."

Both came out winners, but only one of them got help.

Yannis and Boker (Photo: Reuters)

Morning could not have done more to win, but the one who definitely did is Chris Paul.

With 10 points and five losses, four of them at critical moments in the final quarter, after another lukewarm game that joined his ability in the previous two games, the fear is that CP3 is once again throwing in the bin a chance to throw a championship.

This time, it may be his last chance.

"Chris Paul has to blame only himself. If he wants to finally win the championship that has been waiting for her for so long, he can not afford to play as he played today," wrote journalist John Gamboduro covering the Suns closely.

Fox News commentator Skip Bailes, who often lashes out at some of the league's stars, also said that "this is not true. Chris Paul recorded his worst game in the playoffs, and with the worst timing there is. The end".


Paul has recorded 15 losses in his last three games - his most in three consecutive playoff games since 2012.

"The losses killed us today. We scored 50 percent from the field, but they had 19 more attacks. It's not just Chris, but the whole team - we must keep good. More on the ball, "said Suns coach Monty Williams, who explained that Paul is fully fit and that his mediocre ability is not due to an injury he carries.

"We believe he will recover from that. He had a less good game, but he will recover. He's just like that," he said.

Paul took responsibility for the unimpressive game and the crucial losses, saying that "it's me, it's because of me. Out of 17 losses of the team, I lost five. My decision making today was bad."

Phoenix coach's motivational speech in the locker room


Despite the not-so-simple mental blow, even though the momentum in the series is once again seen on Milwaukee's side and many commentators are already predicting she will be the champion, Phoenix is ​​trying to keep believing.

In the closing speech of Monty Williams in the locker room, recorded by ESPN cameras, the coach is seen trying to cheer on his squatting players and telling them, "We have three games left, and we need to win two of them. Think of it this way. You can not lower your head, you must stay Together. What happened tonight can be fixed. They had 17 rebounds on offense, and we had 17 turnovers. Think about it, guys. We scored only 21 points in the last quarter. "But we must remember the facts - we are in a great position, and we have a home advantage. Since I have been here, we have been talking endlessly about dealing with difficulties. It is difficult, it is very difficult, but we must stay."

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