Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is in doubt for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals after undergoing an MRI on his injured left knee.
Milwaukee – Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is in doubt for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday after undergoing an MRI on his injured left knee.
Bucks officials said the two-time MVP amputated his left knee in the third quarter of their 110-88 Game 4 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. The Bucks announced Wednesday that an MRI confirmed the diagnosis and said he would be listed as a suspect for Thursday’s game.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said, “We’ll take it day by day and see how he’s doing.”
“When you talk about the range of possibilities, I think that’s where it’s reached, it should be seen as a positive,” Budenholzer said. “It’s still a really hard fall.”
Antetokounmpo was attempting to block a dunk attempt by Atlanta’s Clint Capella when he landed awkwardly. He grabbed his knee in obvious pain and lay down for several minutes before slowly walking into the locker room.
He went to the bench of the box for a while and after a while went back to the locker room.
The Bucks and Hawks are tied in two games in the Eastern Conference Finals going into Game 5 on Thursday in Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo averaged 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 in the postseason. Milwaukee went 6-5 in 11 regular-season games Antetokounmpo missed, including six straight games in April, when he was dealing with an injured left knee.
The Hawks have their own injury issues.
Star guard Trey Young missed Game 4 with a bone injury to his right ankle, and center Clint Capella took an elbow to the face late in the game. Hawks coach Nate McMillan had no updates on either player when he spoke to the media on Thursday morning.
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