Giannis Doubtful for Bucks, Young & Capela Questionable for Hawks for Game 5
These NBA playoffs have lay waste to the stars of the game.
This week was no different as another NBA superstar was forced to leave a game due to injury.
Former two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo hyper-extended his knee in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks and was forced to exit the game. The Trae Young-less Atlanta Hawks were able to nod up the series at 2-2 with a big win, but now the status of Antetokounmpo remains unclear.
“We’ll just take it day by day and see how he’s doing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “When you talk about the range of possibilities, I think where this has landed has to be looked at as a positive. It’s still a really difficult fall.”
Earlier today, the Bucks announced that following a round of tests, no structural damage was found in Antetokounmpo’s knee and the Bucks star has been listed as doubtful for Game 5. According to reports, there was some initial fear that the injury was more serious and potentially an ACL tear, but luckily, there is now a chance that Antetokounmpo will be able to return later in the series.
“We’ve played games without Giannis, without Khris [Middleton], without Jrue [Holiday], and hopefully you have a structure and a system where you can function at a high level on both ends of the floor no matter who is playing,” Budenholzer said about the possibility of playing without Antetokounmpo in Game 5.
The Hawks will enter Game 5 with questions of their own as Young is currently listed as doubtful with an ankle injury and center Clint Capela is questionable to play with an eye inflammation.