Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo day-to-day after hurting knee vs. Heat

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo left late within the first quarter of the Bucks’ recreation in opposition to the Miami Heat on Friday evening after the Bucks stated he knocked knees with an opponent.

Antetokounmpo, who withstood a wrist damage to begin the sport, was on the courtroom late within the first quarter when he handed the ball and instantly began motioning to the bench. The Bucks known as a timeout with 1:13 left within the interval to permit Antetokounmpo to depart the sport and head to the locker room.

Bucks officers introduced early within the second quarter that the two-time MVP wouldn’t return to the sport due to what they stated was a proper knee situation. Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer stated after the Bucks’ 128-99 victory that he wasn’t certain precisely when it occurred.

Antetokounmpo had 4 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in six minutes.

“I haven’t gotten the full breakdown, but I’m pretty sure either on a drive or on a screen or something like that, he knocked knees with somebody and just wasn’t able to return,” Budenholzer stated.

Budenholzer had no replace on Antetokounmpo’s state of affairs past that, however his situation is taken into account to be day-to-day.

Antetokounmpo has missed a complete of 11 video games at numerous factors this season as a result of a sore left knee. He was within the beginning lineup simply 4 days after touring to New York to have his proper wrist examined.

Antetokounmpo sprained the wrist Feb. 16 because the Bucks gained 120-100 at Chicago of their final recreation earlier than the All-Star break. He performed solely 20 seconds in Sunday’s All-Star Game whereas having the wrist wrapped.

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But the two-time MVP didn’t have the wrist taped as he labored out Friday earlier than the Bucks’ recreation with the Miami Heat. The wrist additionally wasn’t taped when he opened the sport.

Before the sport, Budenholzer described Antetokounmpo’s fast progress during the last week as “unbelievable.”

Antetokounmpo ranks third within the NBA in scoring (31.8) and second in rebounding (12.2).

Milwaukee additionally had Bobby Portis getting back from a month-long absence and Jae Crowder making his 2022-23 debut because the Bucks chased their thirteenth consecutive victory.

Portis, who has been coping with a sprained medial collateral ligament, was taking part in for the primary time since Jan. 23.

The Bucks acquired Crowder on the commerce deadline from the Brooklyn Nets, who had gotten him from Phoenix as a part of the commerce that despatched Kevin Durant to the Suns. Crowder hadn’t been taking part in for Phoenix all season because the Suns tried to work out a commerce.

Cody Zeller and Kevin Love performed for Miami. The Heat signed each veterans on Monday.

The Bucks didn’t have Pat Connaughton (sore left calf) or Wesley Matthews (strained proper calf).

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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