‘Done Court Work Again’: Bucks Coach Gives Vital Update on Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead of Game 1 of NBA Finals

Published 07/06/2021, 2:39 AM EDT
Feb 10, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles against Phoenix Suns guard Langston Galloway (2) during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee Bucks have reached their first NBA finals in 47 years. They wrapped up the series against Atlanta with back-to-back wins in games 5 & 6. Now, they will go on to face the Phoenix Suns in the final. However, their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, remains to be a matter the concern for the Bucks.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo went down in game 4 with a hyper-extended left knee. Moreover, Giannis remained sidelined for the remaining games. There was a big concern that the 26-YO may miss a good part of the NBA finals. But some good news has come along for the Milwaukee fans as coach Bud gave a huge update on Giannis.

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Coach Mike Budenholzer gives an update on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Reports stated that throughout last week, Giannis could only go about in the weight room with no actual court work. However, at the Bucks media availability, coach Bud was asked about Giannis’ current and he said, “We’ll continue to update it, he’s had a good day. He’s making progress, but I don’t have expectations either way”

After that, Mike Budenholzer was asked what Giannis had done, and he said, “Yeah, he’s done court work again today. And so he’s making progress and you know we’ll continue to update.”

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

However, Coach Bud did not want to get into the specifics of what kind of court work Giannis Antetokounmpo had done. This is definitely progress from last week because he is actually working on the court. No one knows at what point in the finals will Giannis return, but Bucks fans can only hope that the ‘Greek Freak’ will make a return.

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Can Milwaukee beat Phoenix with Giannis?

Game 1 of the NBA finals will take place tomorrow and there are some things to take into account. Chris Paul and Phoenix Suns have bested the Bucks two times in the regular season. A mere one-point margin decided both games. Notably, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 47 and 33 in those games. However, he couldn’t get past the duo of Devin Booker and Chris Paul.

Apr 19, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is attended to after being injured during overtime against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In addition, no one on Milwaukee’s roster has any finals experience. All the players will experience their first NBA finals and that could bring out the nerves.

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If Milwaukee wants to beat Phoenix, they will have to replicate their game 5 performance vs the Hawks. They will have to go toe-for-toe with a Phoenix team who fights till the final second. The efficiency of Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday will be a crucial factor for Milwaukee. Another big factor will be big man Brook Lopez and whether he can make up for Giannis again.

Do you think Milwaukee can stun Phoenix without Giannis?

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