Antetokounmpo stated after Monday's win over Cleveland that his neck is fine, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Antetokounmpo was a late scratch from Monday's lineup, although the issue doesn't appear to be anything serious. The Bucks likely held him out as a precaution, especially against a favorable matchup. Antetokounmpo figures to take the floor Wednesday at Indiana, but confirmation will come closer to tip.
Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Cavaliers with neck soreness.
It's unsure when Antetokounmpo suffered the neck injury, as he played 37 minutes in the Bucks' previous game. His absence will create a large void in the Bucks' rotation, as he is averaging 34.0 minutes per game. Ersan Ilyasova could slide into the starting lineup in his place. His status is uncertain for the Bucks' next game, Wednesday against Indiana, and he should be considered questionable for that contest.
Antetokounmpo turned in 22 points (8-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-9 FT) 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots across 34 minutes in Friday's 105=95 loss to the Warriors.
Antetokounmpo's talents were utilized best in containing Kevin Durant on Friday, as he held the All-Star to a season=low 10 points and forced a season-high seven turnovers as well. Antetojounmpo is at the top of the league in several categories and despite the loss, he showed that Milwaukee has what it takes to keep up with the 2017-18 champs.
Antetokounmpo tallied 33 points (10-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 13-16 FT), 19 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks across 42 minutes in Saturday's 136-134 overtime loss to the Knicks.
Though he's averaging his fewest minutes per game since 2014-15 and is shooting under 70 percent from the charity stripe on the highest volume of his career (9.3 attempts per game), Antetokounmpo has essentially maintained his overall fantasy value thus far thanks to huge spikes in his rebound rate and field-goal percentage coupled with more minor gains in his scoring and assists. The forward may only see his utility rise from here after another quality showing at the free-throw line, which continued a recent trend. Over his last four games, he's knocked down 42 of 55 attempts from the line, with that 76.3 percent conversion rate roughly matching what he had supplied over the previous two seasons.
Antetokounmpo finished with 36 points (14-21 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 victory over the Bulls.
Antetokounmpo dominated in Wednesday's three-point victory, leading all scorers with 36 points. He added 11 rebounds and eight assists as he came close to yet another triple-double. He continues to do everything for the Bucks despite his inability to hit three-pointers. If the perimeter game and ever finds some feet, he is basically going to be unstoppable. Antetokounmpo will likely be in the discussion to finish the season as a top five overall player, right about where he was drafted.
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