ATLANTA (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks all of a sudden are going through the daunting problem of probably having to maneuver ahead of their Japanese Convention finals with out their two-time MVP.
Giannis Antetokounmpo sustained a hyperextension of his left knee and and was compelled out of the Bucks’ Japanese Convention finals recreation towards the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday evening.
“It’s not good,” Bucks ahead P.J. Tucker mentioned. “It’s not good dropping anyone in your group and dropping your greatest participant stinks.”
The Hawks gained 110-88, night the best-of-seven sequence at 2-2. Antetokounmpo’s standing for Sport 5 at Milwaukee on Thursday evening will not be identified.
Antetokounmpo was defending a jam by Hawks middle Clint Capela with 7:14 remaining within the third quarter when his left knee appeared to buckle. He fell to the ground in apparent ache, grimacing and clutching his knee.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned the group would study extra about Antetokounmpo’s standing on Wednesday.
“We’ll take every thing because it comes,“ Budenholzer mentioned. ”We’ll consider it. We’ve obtained a heck of a group, a heck of a roster. … The blokes will put together. They’ll be prepared.”
Antetokounmpo remained down for a number of minutes earlier than rising and slowly strolling to the locker room. He was supported by his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and a employees member, as he left the court docket.
It was a scary sight — and sound — for the Bucks.
“I heard him yell,” Khris Middleton mentioned.
Added Jrue Vacation: “I feel simply based mostly on how he was grabbing his leg, it appeared prefer it was fairly dangerous.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the bench briefly earlier than once more heading to the locker room after the Hawks blew open the sport by extending their result in 20 factors. Quickly after, the Bucks introduced he wouldn’t return.
“I don’t need to communicate for him,” Budenholzer mentioned when requested what Antetokounmpo instructed his teammates when he briefly returned to the bench. “I do know traditionally it’s unimaginable to maintain him off the court docket, preserve him away from his teammates. My guess is he needs to play and, if not, let his teammates know that he’s there for them.”
Following a sluggish begin to the sport, Antetokounmpo had scored eight of his 14 factors within the opening minutes of the second half. Following the jam by Capela, the Hawks led 62-52 when the Bucks’ star left the sport.
The lack of Antetokounmpo appeared to derail the momentum of the Bucks’ comeback.
Vacation mentioned the harm wasn’t a distraction.
“No. We’ve been across the recreation lengthy sufficient to know guys are going to get damage,” Vacation mentioned. “You pray it’s not severe.”
Budenholzer mentioned Antetokounmpo is “a giant a part of our soul and our fiber. I’m positive the human ingredient and the priority is actual. They’re looking for a solution to be there for him when he’s not on the court docket.”
The Hawks have been with out their main scorer, Trae Younger, who was held out with a bone bruise in his proper ankle.
“There’s no excuses,” Tucker mentioned. “All people is damage. All people is battling accidents. You’ve obtained to combat by.”
Tucker mentioned the Hawks’ play with out Younger ought to serve for example for the Bucks, particularly if Antetokounmpo can’t play in Sport 5.
“Each play, lay it on the road and go on the market and take it as a result of tonight that’s what Atlanta did,” Tucker mentioned. “They went on the market and took it.”
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