If the Milwaukee Bucks want to book their first trip to the NBA Finals since 1974 on Saturday, they'll have to do it without Giannis Antetokounmpo. And against an active Trae Young
The Bucks star was listed as doubtful with a hyperextended left knee on Friday, the team announced. And Saturday afternoon the team downgraded its star to out on the official injury report.
The Bucks have officially listed Giannis Antetokounmpo as out (left knee hyperextension) for Game 6 tonight on today's injury report.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) July 3, 2021
Antetokounmpo has been out since the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, when he landed awkwardly in the paint and immediately fell to the floor in visible pain. Antetokounmpo did not return to that game and was later ruled out for Game 5.
Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reports, however, that there's a belief Antetokounmpo could play in a Game 7 if necessary.
There’s belief Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) would be given the green light for a potential Game 7 if Hawks avoid elimination in Game 6 on Saturday, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2021
The Bucks still managed to beat the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, though, thanks to the combined efforts of players like Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis. Their 123-112 win gave the Bucks a 3-2 lead, with a chance to close out the series on Saturday.
This time, however, the Bucks will be facing a team with its own star back in the lineup. After initially ruling Trae Young as questionable for Saturday, the Hawks announced he would be available before the game. Young missed both Games 4 and 5 with a foot injury.
An @emoryhealthcare injury report for tonight’s game vs. Milwaukee:
Trae Young (right foot bone bruise): Available
Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness): Available
Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition): Out
De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus surgery): Out pic.twitter.com/jBUOzgdWxG
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 3, 2021
BetMGM listed the Hawks as -2.5 favorites on Friday when Antetokounmpo was doubtful and Young was questionable, but the ling has since moved to -3.5 for Game 6..
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