Bucks Fans Rejoice as Giannis Antetokounmpo Rumored to Be Available for Game 7 Against Hawks

Published 07/03/2021, 5:57 PM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are facing off against the Atlanta Hawks in the ongoing Eastern Conference Finals. Given how both the teams defeated two of the favorites to conquer the East, this battle certainly is a battle of the underdogs.

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Both the Bucks and the Hawks have gone blow for blow so far this series. After suffering from a shock loss courtesy of 48-point abomination by Trae Young, the Bucks made a resounding comeback in the next two games and led the series 2-1.

In the third game, the Hawks also saw talented guard Trae Young suffered from a foot injury. With all the chips down, the Hawks were expected to lose game 4, but with an injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Hawks tied the series.

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Given how awkward Giannis’ fall looked, Antetokounmpo looked like he was in for a scary injury. But miraculously, the ‘Greek Freak‘ did not suffer from any structural damage and any tear.

Despite not suffering from any long-term injury, Giannis missed game 5. While the 2-time MVP was missing from the lineup, the Bucks still managed to win game 5 and take a 3-2 lead. With Bucks leading the series, the next game could possibly be a closeout or a could also mean that the Hawks could equalise the series.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss game 6, might return for game 7 against Hawks

These playoffs have been dictated by injuries to star players and the Bucks are no different. Given how scary the injury looked, Milwaukee are being extra cautious of their star player’s health.

With him playing and possibly there being a slight chance of re-aggravation, the Bucks have ruled out the ‘Greek Freak’ for game 6 against the Hawks. Given that the Bucks have a 3-2 lead in the series, game 6 is by no means a do or die game for them.

With Trae Young also struggling with an ankle injury and the Hawks supporting cast looking flat, the Bucks have a real chance to close this series out in six games. But if this series does go to a game 7, Bucks fans shouldn’t be worried.

According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, the Bucks might give the green light to the 2-time MVP if the Conference Finals goes to seven games. This is certainly great news for the Bucks faithful and it indicates that his injury is minor.

Fans react to Giannis’ possible return to the lineup

Understandably Bucks fans were ecstatic to hear their favorite players’ reaction and also gave an idea about the severity of the injury.

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Given the form they have shown, Milwaukee will hope that they close down the series as soon as possible. If they clinch the series in game 6, not only will it mean more rest to Giannis, it will also ensure more rest to the whole squad. Do you think the Bucks will close it down tonight or are we up for yet another game 7?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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