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Bucks Rule Giannis Out for Game 5; Hawks Scratch Trae Young

Update @ 6:51 PM: Hawks ruled guard Trae Young out in Game 5 after listing him questionable early Thursday.

After hyperextending his left knee during Game 4 on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks announced star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks.

Antetokounmpo left Game 4 against the Hawks with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his left leg while contesting an alley-oop to Capela from John Collins.

There was no structural damage to Antetokounmpo’s left knee. An MRI also showed that the ligaments in Antetokounmpo’s knee are sound, and a timetable for his return is unclear.

Antetokounmpo has been averaging 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the postseason. Milwaukee went 6-5 during the regular seasons in games missed by Antetokounmpo.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is questionable with a bone bruise in his right foot. Young returning to the lineup would be big for this Hawks team, as he’s posting averages of 29.8 points and 9.5 assists. 

Clint Capela was struck in the right eye by Bucks guard Sam Merrill on a play under the basket. The Hawks center left the court with a towel over his face and did not return. His status is questionable.

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference is tonight, at 8:30 PM ET on TNT.

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