Antetokounmpo (knee) is questionable for Thursday's contest against the Celtics. Antetokounmpo was able to practice Wednesday, which was a highly encouraging sign following the diagnosis of a sprained left knee. That said, if the MVP favorite is out for a second straight contest, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton would take on the bulk of the playmaking responsibilities, while Ersan Ilyasova and Marvin Williams could be in line for extra minutes.
Antetokounmpo (knee) went through a full-contact practice Wednesday, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports. This is obviously extremely encouraging news for the reigning MVP, who underwent an MRI following Friday's loss to the Lakers. Antetokounmpo subsequently missed Milwaukee's last two games, but he's avoided any structural damage and figures to return to action within the next game or two. The Bucks are still considering him questionable for Thursday's game against the Celtics.
The Bucks announced that Antetokounmpo will miss the final two games of their road trip -- Sunday in Phoenix and Monday in Denver -- due to a minor joint capsule sprain in his left knee. Initially listed as doubtful ahead of Sunday's contest, Antetokounmpo has now been confirmed as out after an MRI revealed the nature of his knee injury. Given its massive lead atop the Eastern Conference standings, the team can afford to take a cautious approach with the superstar, whose status will be updated once the Bucks return to Milwaukee. As Antetokounmpo turns his focus to potentially returning to action Thursday versus the Celtics, Marvin Williams and Ersan Ilyasova should absorb most of the minutes at power forward, while starting players like Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez should all see upticks in offensive usage for at least the final two games of the road trip.
Antetokounmpo (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Suns, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. While we are still waiting for the results of Antetokounmpo's MRI, the team will opt to play it safe. Assuming the MVP favorite is indeed sidelined Sunday, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe would see significant boosts to their usage, while Ersan Ilyasova and Marvin Williams could see extra time on the court.
Antetokounmpo will undergo a precautionary MRI on his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly during the second half of Friday's loss to the Lakers and was in visible pain before eventually getting up off the court and continuing to play. While it was a good sign that Antetokounmpo was able to continue playing for the remainder of the contest and seemed to be unaffected by the incident, the organization will still err on the side of caution with an MRI. The Bucks' next game is Sunday against the Suns, and the likely MVP should be tentatively be considered questionable for the contest.
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