The Bucks may not have Antetokounmpo for a while.
“Greak Freak” suffered some kind of weird injury in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The hyperextension of his left knee that occurred when he was preparing to rebound in the third quarter was terrible.
After staying on the court for a few minutes, Antetokounmpo will get help off the court. In his absence, the Eagles will open the lead and win the game 110-88.
The series between the Bucks and the Eagles is now divided into two games each. For Milwaukee, who has no superstar players, this will be a difficult climb. Although there was some good news in the initial report, Antetokounmpo’s status in Game 5 on Thursday night is still uncertain.
Here is what we know:
How long will Giannis Antetokounmpo be sidelined?
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that after Antetokounmpo’s MRI returns to normal, he has no timetable for returning to the court.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had no structural damage to his left knee after an awkward landing in Atlanta last night; the ligaments are sound, the source told @ZachLowe_NBA And me. The return schedule is unclear.
-Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2021
Giannis landed awkwardly in the third quarter when the Hawks won the fourth game 110-88, leading to his elimination. Antetokounmpo lay on the ground for a few minutes before being helped to leave the court.
According to Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated, the initial report indicated that the Bucks were concerned that Antetokounmpo had suffered “severe ACL injury.” Antetokounmpo was originally scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
Source: People inside the Milwaukee Bucks worry that Giannis Antetokounmpo has suffered a severe ACL injury. However, no nuclear magnetic resonance has been done yet.
-Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) June 30, 2021
How is Giannis’ injury?
Wojnarowski reported that Antetokounmpo did not suffer any ligament damage as initially feared.
An MRI examination on Wednesday showed no structural damage, but the timetable for his return to court is unclear. His status in Game 5 on Thursday is uncertain.
Giannis Antetokounmpo injury timeline
June 30: The MRI showed that Antetokounmpo’s left knee had no structural damage, but there was no timetable for his return.
June 29: In the third quarter of Game 4 between the Eagles and the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly and overstretched his left knee. He will quit the game and will not come back.
Giannis Antetokounmpo injury update
June 30: MRI showed that Antetokounmpo did not have the ligament damage he was initially worried about, but there is no timetable for his return.
June 29: In the fourth game between the Bucks and the Eagles in the Eastern Conference Finals, Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly with his left knee extended. He will be absent for the remainder of the game, and the MRI will take place on Wednesday.