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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he is not ditching Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo has one more season under contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. He could pull a power play and try to force a trade, similar to the way Anthony Davis did. But the reigning NBA MVP has no intention of doing that.

“That’s not happening,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes in response to talk that he could leave.

Antetokounmpo sat out Tuesday night’s series-ending loss to the Miami Heat due to his ankle injury. He says he intends to stay the course.

“Some see a wall and go in [another direction]. I plow through it. We just have to get better as a team, individually and get right back at it next season,” Antetokounmpo said.

The 103-94 loss to Miami marked the second straight year that Milwaukee was unable to reach the NBA Finals despite having the best overall record in the league. But these circumstances were unusual. There was a three-month break in the season due to the coronavirus, social unrest, and then Antetokounmpo hurt his ankle.

Maybe Antetokounmpo saw some of the backlash Kevin Durant received for leaving the Thunder for the Warriors and wants no part of it. Staying the course and breaking through to win one in Milwaukee would probably do more for his legacy than leaving and winning elsewhere with a team he handpicks full of stars.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ruled out for Game 5 against Heat

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks will have to keep their season alive without their best player.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bucks have ruled Giannis Antetokounmpo out for Game 5 due to his sprained ankle.

It’s a massive blow for the Bucks, who have their backs against the wall down 3-1. There was some optimism that Antetokounmpo might be able to play at least some role, but that will not be happening.

Giannis scored 19 points in 11 minutes on his injured ankle in Game 4. Then he aggravated the injury and did not return. The Bucks ended up winning in overtime behind a huge game from Khris Middleton and key contributions from the supporting cast. Those players will have to step up again if the Bucks want to force a Game 6.

Report: Bucks optimistic about Giannis Antetokounmpo for Game 5

Giannis Antetokounmpo

There is apparently some reason to believe Giannis Antetokounmpo could suit up for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bucks are growing optimistic that Antetokounmpo could be ready to play Tuesday. Antetokounmpo’s ankle is said to be feeling similar to how it did prior to Game 4.

While Antetokounmpo aggravated his injury in Game 4, he looked like his usual self before that. He had racked up 19 points in 11 minutes prior to his departure. If his ankle feels like it did while he was able to do that, the Bucks will be hopeful of a repeat performance.

There have been some signs that are less than encouraging regarding Antetokounpo’s potential readiness for Game 4. This, however, is a positive one.

Giannis Antetokounmpo spotted wearing walking boot for ankle injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks pulled off an overtime win over the Miami Heat on Sunday to keep their season alive, and all eyes are now on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo was dealing with an ankle injury heading into Game 4, and he re-aggravated it early in the second quarter. Giannis shot his free throws after being fouled on the play and then was quickly ruled out with a sprained ankle. He was spotted wearing a walking boot on Monday, though it may have been more for precautionary reasons.

Giannis appeared to be in serious pain after he tweaked his ankle while driving to the basket. You can see the video of the play here.

While Antetokounmpo was already limping before Sunday’s game, he showed no signs of being hampered by the injury at tip-off. The reigning NBA MVP had 19 points in just 11 minutes prior to exiting.

The Heat now lead the Bucks 3-1 in the series, so Antetokounmpo will do everything he can to be ready for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ruled out for Game 4 with ankle injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo appeared to aggravate his right ankle injury early in Game 4 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat on Sunday, and the reigning NBA MVP will not return.

Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly on his right foot while driving to the basket early in the second quarter. He immediately dropped to the floor and clutched his ankle area in pain. He could barely put weight on his right leg when he limped off the court, but he was fouled on the play. Giannis had to return to the game to shoot his free throws, otherwise he would have been automatically ineligible for the remainder.

As it turns out, Antetokounmpo will not return anyway. The Bucks announced that he has been ruled out with a sprained ankle.

Antetokounmpo had 19 points in just 11 minutes prior to exiting. He looked explosive early on after entering the game questionable to play. Giannis expressed a desire to play more minutes after he was limited in Game 3, but he’ll now need his teammates to keep Milwaukee’s championship hopes alive without him.

Giannis Antetokounmpo aggravates ankle injury during Game 4

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo was a game-time decision for Game 4 against the Miami Heat on Sunday because of a right ankle injury. He appeared as explosive as ever early on, but he aggravated the injury in the second quarter.

Antetokounmpo was driving to the basket when he appeared to land awkwardly on his right leg. The Milwaukee Bucks star immediately went to the floor and clutched his ankle in pain.

Here’s another angle:

Giannis was initially helped toward the locker room and was barely able to put weight on his right leg. He was fouled on the play, however, so he had to return to shoot his free throws. Had he not, he would have been ineligible to return.

Antetokounmpo converted one of two free throws before limping off the court. He had 19 points in just 11 minutes prior to exiting.

Giannis played fewer minutes than both Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez in Game 3, which made no sense with the Bucks having lost the first two games of the series. The injury was the most logical explanation. Antetokounmpo expressed a desire to play more minutes after the Bucks lost Game 3.

Giannis Antetokounmpo limping due to ankle injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable for Game 4 of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series with the Miami Heat on Sunday due to a sprained ankle.

Antetokounmpo rolled his right ankle during the first quarter of the Bucks’ Game 3 loss on Friday night. He didn’t play as many minutes as fans expected for an MVP in a critical game, and the ankle injury likely explained it.

Though Antetokounmpo declined to say he was dealing with an injury, he is now questionable for the game. Reporter Tim Reynolds said that Antetokounmpo had a noticeable limp on Saturday.

Milwaukee is already down 3-0 in the series and their star player is injured. The chances of them coming back from down 3-0 was already tough. Now that Giannis also has a sprained ankle that has him limping, their chances of a comeback looks less likely.

Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks he can be playing more minutes

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks are now on the brink of elimination, and Giannis Antetokounmpo feels like he can be doing more for the team.

After the Bucks fell into an 0-3 hole after Friday’s loss to the Miami Heat, the reigning MVP was asked about his minutes, which have been a topic of discussion all series.

“I feel great,” said Antetokounmpo, per Matt Velasquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Yeah, I could play more.”

Antetokounmpo’s minutes during the second-round series have been rather suspect. He played 37 in Game 1, 36 in Game 2, and 35 in Game 3. That is certainly an oddity, especially in the playoffs where superstars regularly log 40-plus minutes every single game.

The 25-year-old did suffer an apparent ankle tweak during Friday’s contest. But the Bucks are one loss away from getting swept, and Antetokounmpo is their leader. Thus, there is no reason he should not be logging heavy minutes if he feels physically able to do so.

Giannis Antetokounmpo playing through ankle injury against Heat?

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks have been struggling in the playoffs against the Miami Heat, and now there are questions about whether the reigning NBA MVP is playing hurt.

During the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series between the teams on Friday, the TNT announcers wondered whether Antetokounmpo was dealing with an injury.

TNT showed a video of Antetokounmpo rolling his right ankle midway through the first quarter. Then they noted the way Giannis grimaced after coming down from a dunk in the fourth quarter.

Antetokounmpo’s minutes have been a topic of conversation since the team fell behind 2-0 in the series. He said he would play more minutes if his coach wanted him to. In Game 3, he played fewer minutes than Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, which makes little sense, other than the injury explanation.

With his team down 2-0, you would figure Antetokounmpo would play as many minutes as possible, yet he was sitting during important minutes in the fourth quarter. The results of the series — and Antetokounmpo’s minutes — are nothing short of surprising.

Report: Heat, Raptors considered frontrunners to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Miami Heat are two wins away from pulling off an upset over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Losing the series would be tough for the Bucks to swallow, but the long-term impact of an early playoff exit could be even greater.

As Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports phrased it, the Heat’s impressive showing thus far against Milwaukee could wind up being an excellent recruiting pitch. Miami has kept Giannis from exploding the same way the Toronto Raptors did in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. That’s one of the main reasons Goodwill was told by a source in the Orlando bubble that the Heat and Raptors are considered by many to be the frontrunners to sign Antetokounmpo if he becomes a free agent after next season.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been outsmarted by his counterpart Erik Spoelstra in the first two games of the series. That, of course, is the same Erik Spoelstra who won championships with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He now appears to be getting the most out of Jimmy Butler, and that track record has to impress Antetokounmpo.

Giannis has said all of the right things about wanting to stay in Milwaukee, and the Bucks will be able to offer him an astronomical amount of money this offseason. However, it is no secret that Giannis wants to win, and many have speculated that he will be more likely to leave Milwaukee if the Bucks come up short this season.

A lot can change in the span of a few games, and the Bucks certainly aren’t dead and buried yet. Antetokounmpo may have to make an uncomfortable adjustment for Milwaukee to turn things around. If the Bucks do end up losing the series, the possibility of Giannis leaving Milwaukee will become an even more popular discussion.