Giannis Antetokounmpo is on a run that has rarely been seen in NBA history. Without his co-stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, Giannis has put the team on his back and has kept them competitive. It has not always been easy, with the Milwaukee Bucks losing four-straight games before beating Minnesota on December 30th. However, the two-time MVP has led the Bucks to both thrilling and blowout wins while shouldering much of the proverbial load. His stats from his last four games speak for themselves:
- 12/28 vs Bulls- 45 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists
- 12/30 vs Timberwolves- 43 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one steal
- 1/3 vs Wizards- 55 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals
- 1/4 vs Raptors- 30 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, one block
The Bucks return home from Toronto to take on the Charlotte Hornets before embarking on a four-game road trip. After missing the Bucks January 1 loss to the Washington Wizards with knee soreness, the Greek Freak is once again on the Bucks injury report.
Giannis Is Listed As Probable
The good news is that the Bucks’ superstar is currently listed as probable. While this is certainly subject to change, it is hopeful that Giannis may not miss the game versus the Hornets.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that after their home game against Charlotte, the Bucks will hit the road for a four-game East Coast road trip. They will in New York against the Knicks on January 9. Then, the Bucks will head down to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on January 11. The very next night, they will be in Miami for the first game of a home-and-home series against the Heat. Not only will they play the Heat on January 12, but they will remain in Miami to play them again on January 14.
All this to say that will such a brutal stretch of games coming up, it will not be surprising if Giannis is downgraded to “out” for the Charlotte game.
MarJon Beauchamp Is Listed as Probable
Milwaukee Bucks first round pick MarJon Beauchamp has been playing well as of late. With injuries to various rotation players, Beauchamp has been getting more playing time than rookies usually receive under head coach Mike Budenholzer. On Wednesday against the Raptors, Beauchamp scored 10 points in 22 minutes while going 4-6 from the floor (2-3 from three).
Beauchamp suffered a left thigh contusion in the Bucks’ overtime victory, but is listed as probable on the injury report.
Good New for Jrue Holiday and George Hill
As mentioned previously, Giannis has been shouldering much of the load due to Middleton and Holiday being out. Holiday as not played since the Bucks’ Christmas Day loss to the Boston Celtics due to a non-COVID illness. George Hill has been on the injury report for the same reason. However, both are listed as probable as of right now. Of course, this is subject to change, but the thought of Giannis finally getting some help from Jrue Holiday is very exciting.
Khris Middleton Remains Out
Three-time All-Star Khris Middleton is the only player, thus far, that has already been declared “out” for the Bucks game against the Hornets. He is still recovering from a right knee injury.