Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't a champion yet, but he's already etched his name into NBA Finals lore.
With less than 80 seconds remaining in Game 4 of the Finals on Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks' superstar forward miraculously and majestically blocked Phoenix Suns forward Deandre Ayton's throwdown attempt on an alley-oop, preserving the Bucks' two-point lead en route to a dramatic 109-103 victory. The series is now knotted up at two games apiece.
"It was so good, when it happened live, I didn't even realize it. I thought -- and this was my fault -- I thought Breen messed up the call," NBA TV host Jared Greenberg told the Reiter Than You show on Thursday. "I thought Ayton just blew the dunk. It just looked like it had to have been something that Ayton screwed up, because it looked like it was too easy of a play not to convert. And then when we finally got the replay, I was like, 'Oh yeah, Breen? Yeah, he's amazing. He saw it in real time.'
"Just unbelievable, the timing. And not fouling on that play as well, and keeping the ball alive for them to convert on the other end. Just unbelievable. Again, Giannis still has a long way to go. He's got to finish the job here with a best-of-three series now. But I think what's going to happen here over the next couple of days is, the conversation is going to come about, even if the Bucks lose, does Giannis become the second-ever Finals MVP of a losing team... I think that's how good he's been here..."
Antetokounmpo, who scored 26 points with 14 rebounds and eight assists in Game 4, has averaged a team-high 29.1 points across 19 playoff games this summer. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the two-time MVP winner and Bucks forward Khris Middleton are just the third pair of teammates over the last 50 years to each have a 40-point game in a single NBA Finals.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series will take place Saturday night in Phoenix, with tipoff scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Bucks currently have a 40-percent chance of winning the championship.
The entire NBA conversation between Greenberg and Reiter can be accessed in the audio player above.