Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 3-point shot can be ugly, but try to love it

With blood trickling down from his eye, and lonely – probably, since the nearest defender was 20 feet away – Giannis Antetokounmpo gets the catch-and-shoot, fourth-quarter three-point shot from a heads-up pass from Wesley Matthews.

Nails it.

It was a shocking stab to the Boston Celtics’ heart in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 110-107 win in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night, and a shut-the-hell-up message to all the critics. Now the Giannis three-pointer must belong in Milwaukee lore, right up there with “Bucks In Six.”

Because this is what makes the Giannis three-pointer even more special: So many athletes invent or embellish their naysayers and nonbelievers to boost their own motivation to the point that it has become cliché. But Antetokounmpo doesn’t have to imagine the monsters in the closet and under the bed. They’re there and they’re screaming.

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