Bucks Haven’t Ruled Out Giannis For Game 5

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.

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16 thoughts on “Bucks Haven’t Ruled Out Giannis For Game 5

  1. doesnt matter, heat got this. I really hope I’m wrong tho. would love to see this go to 7.

    • Chief Two Hands

      Not only are the Bucks done this season, they should anticipate Giannis leaving once he is a free agent.

  2. x%sure

    Lets see what the “supporting cast” can do. Marvin Williams here is your chance; the team needs rebounding and Middleton can’t do everything.

    • Curtisrowe

      Totally agree, I mean any team with Middleton, Lopez and Bledsoe as their best three players has NBA champion written all over it.

      • king beas

        Big time this team without Giannis is 100% still the 1 seed. Might’ve even gone undefeated

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    He should sit. He’s not ready. With another couple days of treatment, rest. He can play gm 6. Of course they have to win. Bucks had this gm. They let Heat back in. Another bad coaching move. Herro gets off two threes. Uncontested. Game Management has been his downfall. Time for Bucks to step up one gm, only 1. Then Giannis back who knows.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Did you watch gm. I’ve had ankle issues growing up. That sprain was not a bad one. But it was, because it was already weak. With all treatment they have. It tells you it was not strong enough. Now spraining it again. It’s dangerous to bring him back. He’s 25 odds are against them. Best course of action is give it extra time. At least then maybe it’s good enough to play at 80% for gm 6. He may not be ready for gm 6. It’s up to the basketball gods now. Like I said Bucks had best record in NBA. They should be able to win one gm. Then it’s wait n see.

        • KnickerbockerAl

          A bad sprain during regular season can put you down for 2 wks or more.

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          Do you not understand sarcasm?

          What’s the point of resting Giannis if/when they lose?

          • KnickerbockerAl

            Yes I do. Then you criticize him again. It’s not up to team. It’s a real injury. We won’t know, they won’t know till gm time. Bucks coach is exposed. Cause Heat should not be beating them. In the desperation to win. Being down makes players Like Giannis do too much. Then the odds play against you n get hurt. It’s why you always take care of business. I’m not an MJ fan. But he was the best at that. He never let his team feel play overconfident. He always closed out. Or came to play after losing a gm. Very few players can do that. That’s why you need your coach.

  4. Sillivan

    Chris Paul is the hottest stock now
    Bucks target Chris Paul
    Knicks and 76ers also target him

    Knicks may offer Randle and 2 Mavs Firsts
    Thunder may get 3 Firsts if Paul goes to 76ers
    2 firsts from 76ers and another first from third team

    • Curtisrowe

      Chris Paul is the hottest stock?????????

      You think the Knicks wants Chris Paul????????

      You think the 76ers would give up three picks to get Chris Paul and his 38 million salary????

      dafuq?

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Sillyman …. the salary cap next yr is 115 mill.
        Luxury Cap threshold at 139 mill.
        Chris has two yrs at 45 mill a yr. basically 1/3 of cap space. That’s one player 1/3. Do you understand.

        NBA 2020-2021 Cap Tracker | Spotrac
        link to spotrac.com

        • KnickerbockerAl

          Actually Paul has 41.5 mill and 44.5 mill in two yrs.
          see what happens when you don’t research.

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