Breakfast Special: Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. the World

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have played a home-court-advantage series that has still yet to see a side break serve.

For the Celtics, that’s the comfort in losing Game 6 97-86 Thursday. They’ve won all three in Boston and get the fourth one, a deciding Game 7, to finish the job in front of an all-eyes-watching weekend audience.

For the Bucks, coming up short in overtime in Game 1 looms large and casts a pall on what might have been.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting as the Bucks, who trailed by as many as nine in the first quarter and seven midway through the second, went on a run to close the first half and take control of the game.

Giannis both did (Khris Middleton went 7-of-8 to get his 16 points) and didn’t (Middleton was minus-3 in his 39 minutes while Antetokounmpo was plus-17 in his 41) get help from his second-in-command in the Milwaukee pecking order. He also got 16 on 5-of-7 from Malcolm Brogdon; when two guys combined for 32 points on 15 shots, the other team’s not going to do much damage.

Boston couldn’t hit a shot (37 percent) or grab a rebound (39 to the Bucks’ 48) to save their lives in Game 6, and Terry Rozier shot the Celtics out of the game in getting 16 points on 5-of-17 from the field.

Still, as Game 7 looms, the Bucks are going to have to shore up their free throw shooting (61.9 percent in the game) and get more than three guys involved; Eric Bledsoe in particular, who had nine points on 3-of-10, is going to have to find his shot.

Indeed, Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Brogdon combined to shoot 25-of-38 (65.8 percent); the rest of the Bucks shot 13-of-37 (35.1 percent.)

Game 7 is going to be a thriller. Either team could take it; the Celtics may have the home court and the 3-0 record in Boston in this series, but they still have to win the games.

Giannis has been attacking the rim…

The Greek Freak takes man of the match in this one…

…and while we’re not much for politics here at Pace and Space, Brogdon wasn’t the only “president” in Milwaukee for the game:

And on a set full of guys who know a thing or two about playoff Game 7s, Shaq put the pressure of the biggest stage in sports in perspective for the viewer.

Saturday’s going to be a madhouse in Boston.