The Milwaukee Bucks will once again be without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday night in a possible series-clinching Game 6, per the Athletic’s Eric Niehm:
The Bucks have officially listed Giannis Antetokounmpo as out (left knee hyperextension) for Game 6 tonight on today’s injury report.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) July 3, 2021
Giannis missed Game 5 for the Bucks after hyperextending his knee in Game 4 in a very awkward landing which saw him go down in agonizing pain. However, the MRI came back clean which was great news for Milwaukee, meaning there was no ligament damage.
There is a growing belief that Antetokounmpo could be available in Game 7 if the Bucks do lose on Saturday night. But, that remains to be seen. Milwaukee had no problems taking care of business without their MVP on Thursday, beating the Hawks 123-112. Atlanta is also without the engine of their offense in Trae Young, who hasn’t played since Game 3. He’s currently suffering from a bone bruise in his foot.
With a victory in Game 6, the Bucks can officially book their ticket to the NBA Finals where they would face the surging Phoenix Suns. They’ll be looking to the likes of Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez to keep stepping up in place of the Greek Freak.
Hopefully, he can get that knee right and be healthy for the finals if the Bucks do indeed advance.