‘We Got to Wait’: Former Bucks Star Refuses to Rule Out Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Return From Injury

Published 07/01/2021, 8:00 AM 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


Prayers went up for the big man as Giannis Antetokounmpo left the court in pain during the ECF Game 5 vs Atlanta Hawks. It was a saddening sight for Bucks fans, but the Hawks equalized the series to cut down the gap.

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Injuries have been a frustrating factor this season. Some bigwigs like LeBron James, Jaylen Brown, and many more went down with unfortunate injury incidents. Now, Giannis is the one next in line. The 2-time MVP hyper-extended his left knee in the third quarter of Game 4. With Giannis out, the Bucks faced a 110-88 defeat to the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Jun 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes over Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) in the first quarter during game four of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Can Giannis Antetokounmpo make it to ECF Game 5?

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The Eastern Conference Finals stand at a crucial stage and the Bucks have listed Giannis as ‘doubtful’ for Game 5. It doesn’t sound quite pleasing for the team but former Milwaukee All-star player Marques Johnson isn’t losing hope.

In a recent interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Johnson shared his thoughts on the Giannis situation. He said:

“We got to wait to see what happens. I’m hopeful that if we can extend this thing to a seventh game, maybe he can get back. If not, we’ll see what the MRI says today. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. But I’m not ruling him out right now until I hear definitively that he’s got some kind of a tear or something that’s going to prevent him from playing.”

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The Milwaukee Bucks are now up for a challenge

The Greek Freak is averaging 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in the postseason. He’s attained tremendous success to reach this level of the league. His injury may play as a spoilsport this time, but Khris Middleton will play the go-to man for Milwaukee.

Even though the Bucks seem to be the favorites at the moment, Hawks’ Trae Young isn’t going to hand this victory to his opponents. The underdog has had a terrific season ripping through excellent teams on the way. And Giannis‘ absence may add a lot more in his favor.

Jun 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) puts up a shot against Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) in the third quarter during game two of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis has been lucky to dodge a long-lasting injury this time. However, the Bucks need to put up an enthralling show with their All-star on the bench to save a spot in the 2021 Finals. Will they make it?

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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