Bucks breathe: no structural damage to Antetokounmpo's knee

According to Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN), the injury to the Greek, who did not finish the fourth game against Atlanta, is not as serious as it seemed at first.

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Milwaukee breathes. The Wisconsin franchise does not yet have conclusive results on the injury of its star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Greek's knee does not suffer structural damage. "The ligaments are solid," sources told Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe (ESPN). Serious damage to the left knee anterior cruciate ligament is ruled out. Of course, the time he will be off the courts is unknown.

Antetokounmpo, who retired 7:40 minutes from the end of the third quarter of the fourth game against Atlanta Hawks of the Eastern Conference Finals, was able to leave the court on his own foot, but with the help of team personnel and limping from remarkable shape. Later, he even returned to sit on the bench with the rest of his teammates, but not even that reassures the Bucks, for whom he is a fundamental piece. At the time of the injury, after a fight with Clint Capela, the franchise player had 14 points and 8 rebounds; At the end of the game, he was the third-highest scoring contribution, and the player with the most rebounds, on the team.

A small sample of its importance. In the series total, before last night's game, he was averaging 30.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists; in the final phase as a whole, a 29.2 + 13 + 5.4 without which it would be inconceivable to imagine the Bucks in the current postseason stretch. Above all, after the hard crash against the Brooklyn Nets, one of the teams, precisely, more unfortunate in the part of injuries.In this series, alternately, Kyrie Irving and James Harden were absent. Last night, without going any further, it was the star of the Hawks, Trae Young, who could not make an appearance in the game due to a trip with one of the referees in the third game of the tie. In short, and pending the results that clarify Giannis' situation, there are already nine All Stars who have missed a game in the current playoffs: in addition to Harden and Irving themselves, Mike Conley and Donovan are also on this list. Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) and Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns) .

After the 110-88 of last morning, favorable to the Hawks, now the series between both franchises is tied. With 2 to 2 on the counter, he will travel to Milwaukee tomorrow with, except for a miracle, the loss of Antetokounmpo. A major setback that Mike Budenholzer will have to solve with a lot of imagination in his scheme, which tends to a certain statism. Giannis, either as a starter or as a receiver in interior areas, is the biggest determinant of his system. Before starting the playoffs, in addition, the coach already lost one of his starters: Donte DiVincenzo. Obviously of a much smaller caliber. It's time to cross your fingers in Wisconsin.



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