Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo attracts doubtful day for Sport 1 of the NBA Finals in opposition to Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX – Giannis Antetokounmpo is considered dubious for Game 1 of Tuesday’s NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns after missing the Milwaukee Bucks’ final two games with a hyperextended left knee.
Antetokounmpo was injured in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Atlanta Hawks.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday that Antetokounmpo will be able to work on the pitch separately from the team’s afternoon training. When asked which specific exercises and movements Antetokounmpo was able to perform painlessly, Budenholzer declined to answer.
“He had a good day,” said Budenholzer. “He’s making good progress.”
The NBA announced that Antetokounmpo was not allowed to speak to reporters on Monday as the status for Game 1 was uncertain.
After a knee injury against the Hawks, Antetokounmpo was able to work on the basketball court for the first time on Saturday. Before that, according to Budenholzer, he could only do exercises in the weight room.
Without their two-time MVP in the last two games of the East Finals, the Bucks prevailed behind the dominant game of Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez.
“When Giannis is out there we can often just give him the ball and let him go to work and let him orchestrate a lot of things out there,” said Middleton. “Without him we have to do it in committee.”
Bobby Portis started in both games that Antetokounmpo missed, while Middleton scored 64 points together and added 60 to Holiday.
Without Antetokounmpo, Holiday believed that he had to fill part of the offensive void and fill part of the void when attacking the basket.
“[I’m trying to] Just keep being aggressive, “said Holiday.” No disappointments because like Giannis [plays], there are no disappointments. He constantly goes to the basket and is aggressive on both ends of the floor. He does so much for this team that I just felt like I was losing, that would be really difficult for us. “
Middleton said he tried to support Antetokounmpo by suggesting the big man not to rush back until he was ready.
“[I told him] don’t rush back and put yourself at greater risk of major injury, “said Middleton.” He’s a guy – he puts so much time and effort into his body to be the best version of himself too. “