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Giannis Antetokounmpo suffers knee injury in Bucks playoff blow

Giannis Antetokounmpo suffers knee injury in Bucks playoff blow

ATLANTA — Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sustained a hyperextension of his left knee Tuesday and will not return to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals game between his Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks.

Antetokounmpo was defending a jam by Hawks center Clint Capela with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter when his left knee appeared to buckle. He fell to the floor in obvious pain, grimacing and clutching his knee.

Antetokounmpo remained down for several minutes before rising and slowly walking to the locker room. He was supported by his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and a staff member, as he left the court.

Giannis Antetokounmpo limps off the court tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo limps off the court tonight.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the bench briefly before again heading to the locker room after the Hawks blew open the game by extending their lead to 20 points. Soon after, the Bucks announced he would not return to the game.

Antetokounmpo’s status for Game 5 at Milwaukee on Thursday night is not known.
Following a slow start to the game, Antetokounmpo had scored eight of his 14 points in the opening minutes of the second half. Following the jam by Capela, the Hawks led 62-52 when the Bucks’ star left the game.

The Hawks are without their leading scorer, Trae Young, who was held out with a bone bruise in his right ankle.

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