When asked during his Tuesday media availability about the challenge of defending Giannis Antetokounmpo, Suns star Chris Paul explained that the game plan is simple, but not easy.
“We’re going to keep trying to build a wall,” Paul said.
That wall certainly didn’t exist in Game 3, as the two-time NBA MVP scored an efficient 41 points in the Bucks’ 120-100 win. Antetokounmpo did most of his damage inside, scoring 28 points in the paint alone. But he knows the offense may not come as easy in Game 4 with Phoenix focused on preventing him from getting to the rim.
“It is a compliment that there’s got to be three people in front stopping me from getting in the paint and building that wall. But, yeah, I hate it, though,” Antetokounmpo said on Tuesday. “I’m not going to lie. I hate it. But at the end of the day, you got to figure out a way to play through it.”
Will Antetokounmpo and the Bucks even the series at two games apiece? Or will the Suns take a commanding 3-1 lead?
Suns vs. Bucks score
Suns vs. Bucks live updates, highlights from Game 4
(All times Eastern)
Final: Bucks 109, Suns 103
11:40 p.m. — What a game. Khris Middleton was clutch down the stretch, and the Bucks outscored the Suns 33-21 in the final frame. We’ve got a series, folks.
11:30 p.m. — “THE GREEK FREAK” WITH THE REJECTION.
11:20 p.m. — Wow. Devin Booker should have been called for a foul here. How did the referees miss this?
11:10 p.m. — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s defense leads to easy offense, but the Bucks still have work to do.
11 p.m. — Uh oh. Devin Booker is heading back to the bench after being called for his fifth foul. This is a huge stretch for Phoenix.
End of third quarter: Suns 82, Bucks 76
10:55 p.m. — DEVIN. BOOKER. IS. UNSTOPPABLE.
10:50 p.m. — Giannis Antetokounmpo runs the inverted pick-and-roll with Pat Connaughton, and the Bucks are back on top.
10:40 p.m. — Something to monitor: Devin Booker just picked up his fourth foul with six minutes remaining in the third quarter. He is not happy about the call — or Monty Williams’ decision to pull him out of the game.
10:35 p.m. — Another terrific lefty finish by Devin Booker, who has apparently transformed into Manu Ginobili.
Halftime: Suns 52, Bucks 52
10:05 p.m. — As previously stated, Devin Booker is HEATING UP.
10 p.m. — Devin Booker is heating up. The Suns star has 18 of Phoenix’s 45 points.
9:50 p.m. — Is someone going to guard Jae Crowder? No? OK, cool.
9:45 p.m. — Milwaukee’s dynamic duo goes into attack mode.
End of first quarter: Suns 23, Bucks 20
9:40 p.m. — Giannis Antetokounmpo gets the tip slam here, but he isn’t playing with his usual level of force.
9:30 p.m. — Khris Middleton has been super aggressive offensively in the opening period. He’s got seven points on 3-of-8 shooting.
9:20 p.m. — The Suns kick off Game 4 with a 12-4 run. The ball movement has been crisp thus far.
9 p.m. — What a scene at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks’ ballpark is filled with Suns supporters.
8:45 p.m. — The starters for each team …
- Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, P.J. Tucker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
- Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
8:30 p.m. — Can the Bucks get this fan a real Bobby Portis jersey?
Bucks vs. Suns start time
- Date: Wednesday, July 14
- Start time: 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PT
Game 4 of the NBA Finals will tip off at 9 p.m. ET. The series will shift from Milwaukee back to Phoenix for Game 5.
How to watch the NBA Finals
Bucks vs. Suns will be broadcast live on ABC. You can live stream Game 4 via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.
The game can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
NBA Finals schedule 2021
(All times Eastern)
(3) Bucks vs. (2) Suns: Phoenix leads 2-1
|July 6||Suns 118, Bucks 105||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 8||Suns 118, Bucks 108||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 11||Bucks 120, Suns 100||8 p.m.||ABC|
|July 14||Game 4||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 17||Game 5||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 20||Game 6*||9 p.m.||ABC|
|July 22||Game 7*||9 p.m.||ABC|
* If necessary