The Bucks updated their injury report and Antetokounmpo is officially listed as ‘questionable’ for tonight’s Finals opener despite showing good progress.
Giannis has reportedly been working hard on his own to get himself ready to potentially return against Phoenix. The two-time MVP suffered a hyperextended left knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks. He avoided any structural damage, but he hasn’t played since. It’s still unclear if or when he’ll return.
Following the Game 6 win over the Hawks, coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters it’s a ‘day-to-day’ situation. “I mean, [Giannis] and the sports performance team, they have been together a long time. It’s special to watch their relationship. It’s special to watch the communication, the trust that he has.”
“You have to listen to the player and then you have to listen to the sports performance group,” said Budenholzer. “And at some point Jon Horst and myself are part of the conversations, but it’s just a day-to-day thing. We’ll update it when appropriate. The conversations between he and myself and he and the sports performance group, it’s kind of private and we’ll see where he is each day.”
The injury occurred in the third quarter of Game 4, when Giannis went up to block an alley-oop attempt by Clint Capela and landed awkwardly on his left leg. He remained down on the court for several moments after the fall, before being helped off the court by his brother, Thanasis, and the medical staff.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals take place tonight, 9 PM ET on ABC.