NBA: Bucks 'mostly optimistic' about Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 2 | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Bucks ‘mostly optimistic’ about Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 2

/ 10:52 AM April 18, 2023

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Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks waits for a free throw during Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Miami Heat at Fiserv Forum on April 16, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Miami defeated Milwaukee 130-117. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo should benefit from a two-day break between the first two games in the first-round series with the Miami Heat.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer voiced optimism about Antetokounmpo’s status for Game 2 on Wednesday. Milwaukee lost to the No. 8 seed Heat, 130-117, on Sunday.


Antetokounmpo left Game 1 in the second quarter Sunday after sustaining a lower back contusion.


“He’s still sore, but I think — progress,” Budenholzer said Monday. “He’s getting some treatment. I think we’ll just continue to monitor him for the next whatever, 24 (hours), next day or two. Probably fortunate two days between games. Still I think mostly positive. Mostly optimistic. But we’ll see how he feels over the next day or two.”

X-rays taken Sunday night were negative and Budenholzer said on Monday the MRI exam was also clear.

Game 2 of the series is Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Miami will be without guard Tyler Herro, who broke his hand in Game 1.

Antetokounmpo, a finalist for the league MVP award, fell to the floor hard after being fouled with 4:13 left in the first quarter. He made one of the two ensuing free throws and stayed in the game before going to the locker room with 1:46 left in the period.

He re-entered the game with 9:56 left in the second quarter, but returned to the locker room less than two minutes later. Later in the quarter, Milwaukee announced that he would not return for the rest of the night.

“He just wasn’t moving, didn’t look comfortable, confident, so it felt like the right thing” to remove him, Budenholzer said.


Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP winner, had six points and three rebounds in 11 minutes.


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