“Giannis Antetokounmpo is like Shaq with grips, but can make free throws!” : Greek Freak receives unique praise on Twitter after 24-13-12-2 stat line in Game 1 win over Jayson Tatum and Celtics

Giannis Antetokounmpo is perhaps as dominant as Shaq, if not more and he does it while making free throws. Greatness in the making.

Players like Shaquille O’Neal are rare. We rarely have such a tour de force in basketball. While athletics is the name of the game, very few players can rise above everyone else. Shaquille O’Neal did it and now Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing the same.

The Greek Freak made a change today, dominating all ends of the floor to help the Milwaukee Bucks crush the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

He recorded his second career triple-double and made two crucial blocks to help the Bucks claim victory. That road win will be crucial in this series because the Boston Celtics are no pushovers.

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Antetokounmpo has drawn serious comparisons to Shaq in the past and today there was more merit than ever. Shaq himself praised Giannis and even gave him the title “Superman”.

Their careers are also eerily similar and in fact, Giannis is on his way to surpassing the legendary big man.

Antetokounmpo is chasing glory. One that would place him among the greatest to have touched the rock. If today’s game is any indication of his path, we could see him finishing the gauntlet of going back to back.

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Christy J. Olson