Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, ideal, is fouled by Phoenix Suns’ Jae Crowder, left, in the course of the 2nd 50 percent of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Picture/Aaron Gash)

For a person who spends as significantly time seeing flicks as I do, you would think I’d be superior at contacting the shock ending.

Sixth Perception, Regular Suspects, Fight Club, Primal Dread, Arrival, The Status — when I enjoy these movies a 2nd time, knowing what to search for, I curse myself for not looking at what was suitable in entrance of my facial area the total time.

This was not the scenario for the Phoenix Suns and their 120-100 NBA Finals Sport 3 decline from the Bucks. This was not some M. Night Shyamalan-like plot twist. Definitely, it went just as planned.

There was an easy predictability about what transpired to the Suns on Sunday. Nobody would like to confess it, of training course, and unquestionably no 1 with the corporation at any time would. But at any stage this weekend did you capture by yourself pondering that if the Suns ended up likely to get rid of a match, this would be the one particular?

Initially off, the Bucks have been going to engage in superior at home, specially their second and third very best possibilities in Khris Middleton and Jrue Getaway.

2nd, when you’re down 2- and a further decline signifies specified defeat, it evokes a certain desperation.

Speaking about matching that desperation is easy. Basically matching it? The Suns could not.

And none of this addresses the most fundamental section of the equation. The Suns were not likely to sweep the Bucks. Never ever were being. I haven’t even introduced up the total Scott Foster matter, even though to be genuine I definitely never assume Sunday was about him. But just the official’s mere existence in the recreation and his tortured record with Chris Paul proposed that no matter what activity he labored would be the video game Phoenix would get rid of.

Most importantly, the Bucks are a truly great basketball workforce featuring a single of the 5 finest basketball players on the planet. Groups like that with gamers like Giannis Antetokounmpo never just topple with the slightest of a push. They press again.

And boy did the Bucks force back. Fifty-four paint points. A 20-2 advantage in 2nd-likelihood points. Regular as clock do the job.

As Dan Bickley pointed out in his column, we’ve viewed this movie in advance of. The Suns have misplaced five instances in the postseason, and other than Game 3 vs. the Lakers, they’ve often uncovered it in just them selves to recalibrate: A 2nd half beatdown in Sport 4 vs. the Lakers, a grindy gain towards the Clippers in Sport 4 and a laugher from the Clippers to wipe them out in Recreation 6.

“Suns in Four” seems terrific on a t-shirt, but it is no way to consume in the NBA Finals. So as very long as you knew that heading in, you must be largely alright with what happened on Sunday.

Now comes the hinge position for the collection. If you believe, as I do, that the Suns are the improved basketball staff, they’ll leave Milwaukee with what they went there to steal just one of the two games. If they really don’t? Now which is a plot twist I did not see coming.