4:22pm: Antetokounmpo is being listed as questionable for Game 5, according to Shams Charania of Stadium (video link), who reports that Giannis is feeling similar to how he felt heading into Game 4. That’s promising news for the Bucks, since Antetokounmpo was available to start Game 4.
2:43pm: After re-aggravating his right ankle sprain during Sunday’s game vs. Miami, Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to return to the game. However, the Bucks still haven’t ruled out their star forward for Game 5 on Tuesday, per Eric Woodyard of ESPN.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters today that Antetokounmpo is receiving treatment “around the clock” in the hopes that he can be available on Tuesday. The Bucks’ sports performance group is expected to closely evaluate the reigning MVP with both the short- and long-term in mind, according to Woodyard, who notes that the club doesn’t want the injury to turn into anything more serious.
After leaving Game 4, Antetokounmpo was encouraging the Bucks’ medical staff to tape up his ankle and let him return to the court, but he was unable to plant or jump off his right foot, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I know how hard he’s gonna work. I know how hard our sports performance group’s gonna work. It’s just impossible to say, but I guess, yeah, there’s hope,” Budenholzer said today. “We’re not ruling him out; so I guess until he’s ruled out, you have hope. Again, he’s gonna do everything he can to make himself available, and we’ll just see how the next 30 hours go.”
The Bucks trail the Heat 3-1 in their second-round series, so a loss on Tuesday would end their season. A win would force a Game 6 on Thursday.