Breaking: Giannis Antetokounmpo Possibly Out for Playoffs

According to NBA sources, Milwaukee Bucks’ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has no structural damage in his knee, but could be out for the remainder of the playoffs.

The Injury

Giannis sustained the injury in the third quarter of last night’s blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals.  At first, many speculated that the injury was a torn ACL.  Had this been the case, Giannis would not only have missed the rest of these playoffs, but most if not all of next season as well.

Going Forward

Though nothing is official yet, it should be Bobby Portis who replaces Giannis in the starting lineup.

So far in the Eastern Conference Finals, Portis is averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in just over 17 minutes per contest.


Additionally, it will be vital to Milwaukee’s success for Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to play consistently.  Middleton saved the day in Game Three, scoring 20 points to lead the Bucks to victory and a series lead.  Holiday, who has had good games in the playoffs this season, is marred in a shooting slump for this series.

Keys to Winning the East

Without a doubt, winning the East just became more difficult without Giannis.  However, the Bucks can still pull off a series victory if they can do the following things:

  1. As mentioned, Middleton and Holiday must play consistent basketball on both ends of the court.
  2. The Bucks must attack inside.  Clint Capela is a capable defender, but outside of him the Hawks do not have great interior defense.  When Milwaukee has focused on attacking the paint, they have won.  Giannis, of course, was a large part of this.  However, Middleton and Holiday, along with other Bucks’ players, must work inside instead of settling for low-percentage three point shots.
  3. Just play smart basketball.  Much of this is reliant on Coach Budenholzer, who has his team missing out on some fundamental basketball skills such as boxing out, inbounding the ball, and not leaving shooters wide open.  It seems so simple, but that has been the frustration of Bucks’ fans this season.

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