Boston’s biggest series of the season began with a clank Monday afternoon

In these eyes, before Monday night Giannis Antetokounmpo never looked like anything beyond a supremely talented basketball player.

Now he looks like a supremely talented, whiny, petulant basketball-playing punk.

Sorry for the hyperbole. The leash snapped on my inner Johnny Most.

And forgive that use of his last name. Those who worship at his altar typically refer to him as simply Giannis. That could be because his last name is difficult to pronounce and to spell.

Or it could be that his sheer magnitude of his being demands it.

Whatever the reason, he is Giannis. And Monday night, Giannis lit a fire that knocked about 10 years off Al Horford’s weary bones.

Horford is 35 years old. For most folks that represents the prime of life.

For many basketball players, 35 equals 60.

Horford has been quietly outstanding during the Celtics’ playoff run. Monday night he was incredible.

Of Horford’s 30 points, 16 came in the fourth quarter, leading the charge as the Celtics turned a 10-point deficit into a 116-108 win.

Early in the third quarter, Giannis dunked on Horford, then offered some trash talk and what he believes is his most menacing stare.

Count Horford as decidedly unmenaced.

Monday’s New York Post included a tweet from Horford’s sister, Anna: “This is where the Bucks (screwed) up. I know that look. He was (enraged).”

(Substitute the obvious cusses for the parenthetical language.)

“I don’t really know what he said to me, but the way he was looking at me and the way he was going about it, really didn’t sit well,” Horford told reporters afterwards. “At that point, I think just something switched with me in the game.”

Something also switched with Jayson Tatum. Tatum scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, erasing a cold shooting streak.

Without Robert Williams, whose bum left knee was acting up, Tatum picked up the slack with 13 rebounds.

Tatum also made a scoop shot as he tumbled to the floor that will be in all highlight compilations of this series.

But it was Horford’s show. When he drove the baseline for a dunk on the suddenly bewildered Giannis, he finished it off with an accidental whack to the Greek Freak’s mush.

Accidental or not, it resonated with a decidedly more subdued Giannis.

That is now spelled P-u-n-k.

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