In the annals of history, it may not be hard to interpret the 2021 NBA playoffs as an aberration. Upsets aren't entirely rare in the NBA playoffs, but entire brackets tend to be a bit more predictable than what we've seen over the past couple of months, where only five All-Stars played in the conference finals. And now Giannis Antetokounmpo might be the only top 10 player who will have a direct hand in deciding the championship. The Suns, a team that just missed 10 post-seasons in a row, are currently up one game in the Finals. To get here, they defeated three teams that suffered three disastrous injuries. Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray and Kawhi Leonard either missed every game in their matchup or, in Davis's case, all but five doddering minutes after the Lakers relinquished a 2–1 series lead. On the other side are the Bucks, a woebegone title contender that exorcised their bubble demons against the Heat before barely surviving an Ali-Foreman–esque main event versus a Brooklyn team that was down at least one of its All-Stars in every game. Despite losing Antetokounmpo to a hyperextended knee in Game 4 of the conference finals, Milwaukee rallied back to… Read full this story
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