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.
Antetokounmpo provided 32 points (10-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 11-14 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists and a steal during the Bucks' 113-103 loss to the Lakers on Friday.
Antetokounmpo was the only Bucks starter with more than 13 points, but assembled another superb outing even as the defense would keen in on him. That being said, Antetokounmpo was routinely posted up by LeBron James and looked exhausted throughout the night, dropping to 5-15 lifetime versus James. Visibly angered after the game, he might be worth any price in DFS Sunday in Phoenix.
Antetokounmpo accumulated 29 points (10-23 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 win over the Pacers.
Antetokounmpo amassed more points than minutes played while turning in a well-rounded stat line as per usual. The reigning MVP will likely try to make a statement during Friday's matchup versus the Lakers, as he provided one of his most inspired performances in the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season.
Antetokounmpo finished with 13 points (6-18 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 15 boards, three assists, one block and one steal in 31 minutes during a 105-89 loss to the Heat on Monday.
Antetokounmpo struggled from the field following an epic performance the previous day against Charlotte. While his scoring wasn't up to his usual standards, the Greek Freak still managed to record a double-double due to a stellar rebounding effort. He'll have a night off to recoup before facing the Pacers on Wednesday.
Antetokounmpo registered 41 points (17-28 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 20 rebounds, six assists and one steal in 35 minutes Sunday in the Bucks' 93-85 win over the Hornets.
In a seven-year career full of impressive statistical feats, Antetokounmpo added another one to his ledger Sunday by turning in his first 40-20 game. The reigning MVP has now notched 15 consecutive double-doubles, his longest streak since he began the campaign with 19 in a row. Perhaps more significantly, Antetokounmpo is beginning to find more consistency at the free-throw line, an area where he's struggled mightily for much of the season. Over his last three games, Antetokounmpo has hit on 23 of 28 attempts (82.1 percent).
Antetokounmpo boomed for a game-high 32 points (13-20 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes Friday, as the Bucks cruised through the Thunder 133-86.
He might have skill. Racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds by halftime, Antetokounmpo fueled a 25-2 run in the second quarter. That punch was never countered and he finished with a season-high plus-44. Antetokounmpo was seemingly full-go amid reports of lingering back soreness, but will nonetheless relay some scoring duties back to Khris Middleton (neck) upon his impending return.
Antetokounmpo (back) will play Friday against the Thunder.
Despite a sore back, Antetokounmpo will take the court. Across eight February appearances, he's averaging 27.9 points, 17.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.3 blocks in 32.1 minutes.
Antetokounmpo is probable for Friday's game against the Thunder due to back soreness.
Antetokounmpo is evidently dealing with some back soreness following a back-to-back earlier in the week, warranting his name on the injury report. An update on his availability should come closer to tip, though it appears he's on track to play Friday night.
Antetokounmpo scored 19 points (5-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding 19 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 108-97 win over the Raptors.
The game turned into a surprisingly tough defensive affair at times, but Giannis' work on the glass helped make the difference. He's recorded double-digits boards in 13 straight games, averaging a stunning 28.7 points, 16.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 threes over that stretch.
Antetokounmpo registered 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes before fouling out in Monday's 137-134 overtime win at Washington.
Antetokounmpo is a double-double machine, and he has reached that mark in 12 straight contests despite seeing his minutes sit constantly in the high 20s or low 30s. The reigning MVP continues to have a stellar season and is currently averaging 29.1 points, 17.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game in seven February contests.
Antetokounmpo notched 31 points (12-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 17 rebounds, eight assists and one block in only 29 minutes during Saturday's 119-98 win over the 76ers.
The reigning MVP seems to be on his way to claim the award in back-to-back years, and he is besting himself in several categories compared to his stellar 2018-19 season. Antetokounmpo has scored 30 or more points in seven of his last eight games, and he is averaging an impressive 30.4 points per game -- on 54.2 percent from the field -- during that stretch.
Antetokounmpo accumulated 33 points (13-23 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 32 minutes during Thursday's 126-106 win over the Pistons.
Antetokounmpo contributed in every statistical category except threes while logging his 44th double-double through 49 appearances this season. He managed a career-best 54 double-doubles across 72 games in 2018-19, and Antetokounmpo is well on his way to surpassing that total. Moreover, he'll likely look to make a statement during Saturday's matchup versus the 76ers.
Antetokounmpo (personal) returned to action Sunday for Team Giannis in his squad's 157-155 loss to Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, finishing with 25 points (12-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal across 31 minutes.
Antetokounmpo missed the Bucks' final two games before the break following the birth of his first child, but there was never any doubt that he would take advantage of the chance to captain an All-Star team in Chicago. The 25-year-old led his squad in scoring, but it wasn't enough for his side to hold off MVP Kawhi Leonard (30 points) and LeBron James' team. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will open their second-half schedule Thursday in Detroit.
Antetokounmpo (personal) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.
The reigning MVP missed Monday's win over Sacramento following the birth of his son, and he'll remain out Wednesday heading into the All-Star break. All indications are that Antetokounmpo will participate in the All-Star Game on Sunday in Chicago.
Antetokounmpo (personal) will not play Monday against the Kings.
The reigning MVP and his girlfriend welcomed their first child Monday afternoon, so Antetokounmpo will remain away from the team for at least one game as the Bucks seek their fifth straight win. Ersan Ilyasova should see an increased role Monday, as could Marvin Williams, who the Bucks signed as a free agent following a buyout from Charlotte.
Antetokounmpo (personal) is considered questionable for Monday's game against Sacramento.
The Bucks haven't offered any further details, so keep an eye out for an update on the reigning MVP's status after shootaround in the morning.
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