Phoenix Suns fans were ready for Game 5, as they brought the energy and a little bit of pettiness to the NBA Finals.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals is a crucial one. The Phoenix Suns look to gain a 3-2 at home over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. After the Suns won the first two games, Milwaukee bounced back to win Games 3 and 4. With Game 5 in Phoenix, the fans at the arena brought the energy and the noise for their team.
The stadium was rocking to start Game 5, and according to spectators at the game, it was pretty loud. One fan posted a video during an Antetokounmpo free throw attempt, and you could tell how pumped everyone was for this pivotal Game 5 matchup.
“It is so LOUD @Sunsstadium! Wow… Hurts my ears,” said Peter Pham, the founder of Science Inc., who was present at the Game Saturday night.
The noise level wasn’t the only thing Suns fans brought to Game 5. They also displayed some petty behavior while Giannis was shooting his free throws.
Suns fan counts $100 bills as Giannis goes through his free throw routine.
One of the main topics of conversation during the NBA playoffs is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free throw routine. The star forward has been called out multiple times for taking longer than the allotted ten seconds during a free throw. Players and teams have voiced their frustration over the elongated process, and now the fans are getting involved. One Suns fan took a very petty approach in trolling Giannis’ free-throw routine.
In Game 5, while Giannis was at the line, one fan began to count money while Antetokounmpo went throw his routine. He and the fans around him counted up to 12, which was how long it took the Greek Freak to attempt a shot. He missed the free throw, so maybe the money-counting tactic was enough to distract him.
It begs to wonder why a fan would bring in that much money to see a basketball game, but that is neither here nor there. The Phoenix faithful have waited for this moment for over 28 years. If they want to celebrate being in the NBA Finals by counting mocking Giannis’ free throw routine with $100 bills, so be it. If Antetokounmpo keeps struggling from the charity stripe, maybe more people will start counting hundreds as a distraction.