Superstar energy ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo injured his proper knee within the first quarter of the Bucks’ 128-99 win over the Miami Heat Friday night time.
With simply over one minute remaining within the opening quarter, the two-time NBA MVP knocked knees with one other participant. Antetokounmpo was not capable of return to the sport.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned he was undecided when precisely Antetokounmpo harm his knee however famous he could be thought-about day-to-day due to the damage.
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Antetokounmpo entered the sport with a lingering wrist damage he suffered in a sport earlier than the All-Star break. He did begin in final week’s All-Star sport however rapidly exited after scoring simply two factors.
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On Friday, Budenholzer known as a timeout in the midst of a Bucks possession as Antetokounmpo was motioning towards the workforce bench. He then went into the tunnel and into the locker room space.
“He was basically asking out,” Budenholzer mentioned after the sport. “Fortunately, we had the ball. I don’t think we know exactly when he knocked knees.”
The 28-year-old was upgraded from uncertain to questionable to energetic earlier than the sport in opposition to the Heat. He registered 4 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his restricted time on the courtroom Friday.
Antetokounmpo additionally missed video games earlier this season with a left knee damage. Milwaukee’s 29-point win over Miami marked its largest margin of victory of the season.
The Bucks have now received 13 straight video games, the longest streak within the league this season.
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“The last two days of practice [without Giannis], we really just emphasized kind of keeping that rhythm, the way that we play,” Bucks guard Jrue Holiday mentioned.
“Bud [Budenholzer] says we turn on the faucet. I think just playing fast, sometimes playing random and keeping our chemistry has been good.”