‘F*** Injuries’: LeBron James, Ja Morant & Others React to Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Injury in Game 4 vs Hawks

Published 06/29/2021, 10:15 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


The Hawks started off their game against Giannis Antetokounpo led Bucks with a dagger. Thirty seconds into the night, a Kevin Huerter pass went to a wide open Bogdan beyond the arc and found the net. The first five minutes went to the Hawks as they led 15-5 in a brave offensive attempt. 

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Although it isn’t new for the Hawks to pick an early lead, at least not in this series, it was unexpected without Trae Young. Coach Nate McMillan started with former Clipper Lou Williams and that worked pretty well for them. But something else that unexpectedly went their way was an late Giannis injury.

NBA reacted to the Giannis Antetokounmpo scare

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Giannis was just beginning to find his rhythm with a huge block and an equally massive dunk, when something nasty happened. He went down and the bench helped him off the court with a possible left leg injury. Pat Connaughton replaced him with seven minutes left in Q3 and the Bucks still trailing by 10 points.

The NBA went crazy with the optics of Giannis seemingly in pain and was quick to react. Take a look at what LeBron James and others had to say.

Later, he came back and stood at the sidelines, cutting down the odds of a major injury.

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What kept the Hawks in the game?

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After injuring his ankle in Game 3’s third quarter, Trae Young had hinted that it was painful. Later, the scare became real when the team announced that he’d miss Game 4 because of a right foot bone bruise. However, the winner of 2019 6MOY, Lou scored his first seven points in seven minutes to make up for Trae cheering from the stands.

Stunningly enough, the Hawks kept Giannis Antetokounmpo scoreless for the entire Q1, something unheard of. The Freak could attempt just two field goals in his first nine minutes of play. His first points came off a lefty alley-oop on a Khris Middleton lob. In fact, by halftime, no Buck had scored in double digits, further proving why they trailed by 13 points. 

By the end of Q3, the Hawks enjoyed a 25-point lead and it appeared obvious that they were in charge.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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