The Bucks may be without Giannis Antetokounmpo for some time.
The “Greak Freak” suffered something of a freak injury in Tuesday night’s Game 4, with a pretty gruesome-looking hyperextension to his left knee that happened while he was going up for a rebound in the third quarter.
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Antetokounmpo would be helped off the court after remaining on the floor for a few minutes. The Hawks would open up the lead and win the game 110-88 in his absence.
The series between the Bucks and Hawks is now tied at two games apiece, and it’s going to be an uphill climb for Milwaukee without its superstar player. While the initial report was somewhat good news, Antetokounmpo’s status for Thursday night’s Game 5 is still uncertain.
Here’s what we know:
How long will Giannis Antetokounmpo be out?
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that there’s no timetable for Antetokounmpo’s return to the court after his MRI came back clean.
There is no structural damage to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s left knee after his awkward landing last night in Atlanta; ligaments are sound, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me. Timetable to return is unclear.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2021
Giannis landed awkwardly in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 110-88 Game 4 win, leading to his removal from the game. Antetokounmpo laid on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the court.
Initial reports indicated that the Bucks feared that Antetokounmpo suffered a “severe ACL injury,” per Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated. Antetokounmpo was scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday.
Sources: People within the Milwaukee Bucks organization fear that Giannis Antetokounmpo has suffered a severe ACL injury. However, no MRI has been done yet.
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) June 30, 2021
What is Giannis’ injury?
Wojnarowski reports that Antetokounmpo didn’t suffer any ligament damage, as was originally feared.
An MRI on Wednesday revealed that there was no structural damage, but his timetable to return to the court is unclear. His status for Game 5 on Thursday is uncertain.
Giannis Antetokounmpo injury timeline
June 30: An MRI revealed no structural damage to Antetokounmpo’s left knee, but there’s no timetable for his return.
June 29: In the third quarter of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals Hawks-Bucks matchup, Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly, hyperextending his left knee. He would exit the game and not return.
Giannis Antetokounmpo injury updates
June 30: An MRI revealed that Antetokounmpo had no ligament damage as initially feared, but there’s no timetable for his return.
June 29: In the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Bucks and the Hawks, Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly and hyperextended his left knee. He would miss the remainder of the game, while an MRI would come on Wednesday.