1. Giannis Antetokounmpo asserts himself.
Antetokounmpo himself agreed he was not assertive enough in Game 5, finishing with only 10 field goal attempts after Boston moved Semi Ojeley into the starting lineup. That was exactly what head coach Brad Stevens was hoping for and the reason he made the change.
The Greek Freak changed all that in Game 6 when he exploded for 31 points on 23 attempts. It’s going to take that type of effort from Antetokounmpo again in order to carry the Bucks.
It will be difficult, there’s no doubt about that, as Boston’s gameplan will surely revolve around trying to get the ball out of his hands. But if he truly wants to take the next step from NBA superstar to a generational talent, that’s what needs to be done.
His time is now and he needs to take advantage of it.