Bucks in six. So it was written, so it was done.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night at a raucous Fiserv Forum to wrap up the NBA championship in six games. Led by the unbelievable and indomitable Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 50 points (and 14 rebounds and five blocks and two assists) the Bucks weren’t going to be denied on their home floor.
Showing back up to the tailgate after disappearing for 45 minutes because you got lost trying to find a port-o-potty pic.twitter.com/2rAI2PN18t— Bucks’ 5th Quarter (@B5Q) July 21, 2021
However, there is a far less heralded player that had a solid, if unspectacular role, in Game 6’s outcome. Former Wisconsin big man, and national player of the year, Frank Kaminsky was once again thrust into duty when Phoenix Suns’ starting center Deandre Ayton got into foul trouble. This usually meant that a large Bucks’ run was incoming as Milwaukee would ruthlessly hunt Kaminsky when they were on offense and mostly disregard him when on defense.
In Game 6 though, Kaminsky played 11 solid minutes and had a plus/minus of zero (I know that doesn’t sound that impressive, but he was routinely in the minus double digits categories earlier in the series).
He shot 3-of-4 from the field for six points, grabbed two boards (one offensive) and dished out one assist all while being respectable on defense. It was, quite frankly, more than Phoenix head coach Monty Williams probably hoped for when subbing him in. Needless to say, people were impressed.
Frank Kaminsky with an offensive board and an assist!!!— Daniel Olinger (@dan_olinger) July 21, 2021
"Frank Kaminsky just saved his team's NBA Finals" has very quicky gone from an NBA comedian's opening monologue to a fact.— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 21, 2021
The *checks notes* Frank Kaminsky Game?— Jake Kocorowski (@JakeKoco) July 21, 2021
Frank Kaminsky I don’t need this right now…..— Vince Biegel (@VinceBiegel) July 21, 2021
Monty Williams says it's going to bother him all summer that he didn't give Frank Kaminsky a chance earlier in the series based on how well Frank played in Game 6— Brendon Kleen (@BrendonKleen14) July 21, 2021
This series worked out just about perfectly for Wisconsin fans who also support the Bucks. The Bucks, obviously, won the title and Kaminsky probably secured himself a job for the foreseeable future. Win, win!