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Incredibly, the Greek Freak scored 50 points in the final game — having already become only the second player ever to score 40 and rebound 10 in back-to-back Finals games earlier in the series — going 1/6 from beyond the arc and only missing two of his 19 free-throws. Giannis had previously shot a measly 56 percent from the line, making his free-throw performance in the series-clinching game extra noteworthy.
After the game, the Bucks superstar took a shot at, well, basically every other star in the NBA, when he said: “I could go to a super team and just do my part and win a championship. But this is the hard way to do it, and we did it. We fucking did it.”
The emotionally charged quote references the tendency for big stars to team up with one another (LeBron James in Miami, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, the KD Warriors, as well as the current Brooklyn Nets) and how that is usually frowned upon by fans of the sport. Superstar teams have become such a mainstay that it’s almost expected that one of those teams will end the season as NBA champions. The Milwaukee Bucks (and the Toronto Raptors to a certain extent), however, showed that there is another way and that small-market teams can bring home championships.
All of that helps add to the legend of the black Air Force 1s. Before Giannis decided to rock them ahead of Game 3, they were already notorious in sneaker circles. Now they’ve reached legendary status among hoop fans, too.
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