MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks All-NBA forward Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextended left knee but did not undergo any structural damage, in step with a file. But it is silent unclear if he’ll be in a net page to play in Sport 5 on Thursday.
Per the team, Antetokounmpo underwent an MRI and further examination by team doctor Dr. Carole Vetter on Wednesday. ESPN reported Antetokounmpo did not undergo structural damage, and his ligaments are intact, .
Antetokounmpo sustained the damage making an strive to protect an alley-oop lob to Atlanta’s Clint Capela with 7: 14 left in the third quarter of Sport 4 on Tuesday.
Atlanta won 110-88 and tied the Eastern Convention finals at 2-2.
It’s far a devastating damage for the Bucks, who had been in high net page to attain the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. Antetokounmpo’s damage disrupts that purpose.
Antetokounmpo settled into almost unstoppable role in opposition to the Hawks. He centered on attacking the rim, curtailed his 3-point makes an strive and unfolded extra offensive opportunities for his teammates, namely Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. He averaged 30.7 aspects, 10.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and two steals and shot 59.4% from the field in the first three video games of the series.
Now, the Bucks are tasked with winning two extra video games without Antetokounmpo, striking extra tension on Middleton and Holiday and requiring extra from a tight rotation that was inviting eight deep before Antetokounmpo’s damage. Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton and Bryn Forbes will salvage extra minutes.
The Hawks had been in a net page to conquer after all one sport without Trae Young, who missed Sport 4 with bone bruise in his correct foot. The Bucks will must match that without their massive name.
Antetokounmpo missed two video games in March with a left knee strain, missed six video games in April with left knee soreness and sat out of the final sport of the normal season to leisure that sore left knee.
The Bucks had been 6-5 in video games that Antetokounmpo missed this season.
The damage on Tuesday looked rotten in precise time and on replay. Antetokounmpo jumped tried to destroy up the lob to Capela who caught the basketball and dunked it. The two players’ legs had been tangled as they came down, and Antetokounmpo’s left leg hit the bottom awkwardly and his knee hyperextended.
He limped off the court docket with the encourage of his brother and teammate, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and went to the locker room. He came encourage to bench bid temporarily after which retreated to the locker room.
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