Giannis Antetokounmpo tweaks ankle in Game 5 loss
Giannis Antetokounmpo tweaked his ankle during his Milwaukee Bucks’ 105-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors at home in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night.
Antetokounmpo rushed up to defend Kawhi Leonard, who had the ball near Toronto’s basket following an Eric Bledsoe missed field goal in the final two minutes. As he rushed up, he tweaked his right ankle.
Oh no. Giannis turned the ankle here… pic.twitter.com/npX7i2PJhp
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) May 24, 2019
Giannis was slow to get up. While he eventually made it back on defense, he was seen grabbing at his ankle while on defense. He then subbed out of the game after Leonard missed a free throw. Toronto was up 99-95 with 1:12 left when Antetokounmpo went out.
The Greek Freak could be seen walking up and down the Bucks’ sideline like he was testing his ankle. He later checked back in with 34.7 seconds left in the game.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that he kept Giannis on the bench because he couldn’t move.
Bucks' Mike Budenholzer on why he pulled Giannis Antetokounmpo late in fourth quarter of Game 5 loss to Raptors: "He twisted his ankle in the backcourt. He just looked like he was in a lot of pain and couldn't move." pic.twitter.com/lDQe0pFcLH
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 24, 2019
Multiple players are dealing with injuries at this point in the postseason, but this is another one to watch for during Game 6 on Saturday.