The Milwaukee Bucks have missed Giannis Antetokounmpo. After a lower back contusion kept him out of games two and three, fans were left wondering when he would return. The Bucks find themselves down 2-1 to the Miami Heat and need his scoring and defense. The Athletic’s Shams Charania revealed the game 4 status of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Sources: Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to the lineup in Game 4 vs. Heat tonight barring any setbacks. Antetokounmpo missed Games 2 and 3 with a lower back contusion.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 24, 2023
Giannis Antetokounmpo Game 4 Status
It seems that barring any setbacks, Giannis will return to the lineup tonight in a pivotal game. Going down 3-1 in a series isn’t an impossible comeback but an improbable one. The best chance the Bucks have is if they tie the series and go back to Milwaukee for a best-of-three series. The team didn’t look like they missed Giannis is game two but definitely needed him in game three. The question becomes, how will Giannis look when he returns after his injury?
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What Can We Expect From Giannis?
Is Giannis back to 100%? Or is he playing through some pain? It really is unclear how effective he will be once he returns to the court. However, having him on the court in any capacity will be a boost for the team. He will draw attention on offense leading to more open shots for shooters on the perimeter. His length will give opponents trouble on defense, especially in the pick-and-roll. No matter how healthy he is, it is imperative that the Bucks get him on the floor as soon as possible. The hope is that there are no setbacks and he plays tonight.
The Milwaukee Bucks are in a little bit of trouble. They were not thinking they would find themselves down in the first-round series and many people are questioning whether they should be the heavy favorites in the East after the Giannis injury. Game 4 is a big one tonight.
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