Monty Williams believes Giannis Antetokounmpo was unfairly given more free throws than the entirety of the Suns roster and calls out the refs
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks continue their impressive homestead as they improve to a staggering 8-1 at home in the NBA Playoffs. Their Game 3 must-win, just as Will Barton predicted, was a blowout as at halftime, it was clear that the Bucks looked to notch at least one game on the board during this Finals.
The man who many NBA analysts wrongfully relegated to being merely a ‘Robin’ to Khris Middleton’s ‘Batman’ has proved yet again that he is a 2x MVP for a reason. He dropped yet another 40-bomb on the Suns and this time around, it paid off as the Bucks won Game 3.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had yet another historic performance as he’s one of 7 players in NBA Finals history to have notched 40+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ assists in a Finals game. The other 6 are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kevin Durant, Jerry West, and John Havilcek.
Monty Williams goes off on NBA refs for giving Giannis more free throws than the entire Suns roster.
The free throw disparity between the two squads was quite apparent tonight. Giannis attempted 17 free throws in Game 3 while the entirety of the Phoenix Suns roster had merely 16 free throws. Game 1 was similar in this regard as the Suns seemed to have been on the favorable side of the whistle.
Monty Williams was clearly irked by the stark difference in free throws attempted and made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with which way the whistle blew more often than not.
Suns coach Monty Williams: “I’m not going to get into publicly complaining about fouls … but we had 16 free throws tonight. One guy [on the Bucks] had 17”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 12, 2021
In all fairness, Giannis Antetokounmpo also had more points in the paint than all of the Phoenix Suns players last night. Giannis dominated the paint with 14 points in the paint while the Suns had 13. Getting into the paint and being aggressive the number one way to get calls in the NBA. Deandre Ayton getting into foul trouble early on took away a substantial amount of paint production for the Suns.
Some fans have also claimed that Scott Foster is to blame as he’s refereed 12 consecutive Chris Paul losses in the NBA Playoffs, dating all the way back to his Rockets days.