Milwaukee Bucks superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been dealing with a right knee injury as of late. The injury kept Antetokounmpo sidelined for five games before he was able to return on Monday versus Detroit. The star forward has since suited up against Denver on Wednesday as well.
However, his name has once again popped up on the injury report ahead of tonight’s clash with the Indiana Pacers. Fortunately for Bucks fans, it appears to be just a precautionary measure as Antetokounmpo is listed as probable due to right knee soreness.
So as of now, all signs point to Antetokounmpo being able to play tonight.
Milwaukee will be facing an undermanned and struggling Pacers team (24-26, ninth in the Eastern Conference) who are without their star point guard Tyrese Haliburton. The Pacers have gone just 1-8 over their last nine games and are just 2-8 without Haliburton this season. Milwaukee may opt to give Antetokounmpo a lighter work load, especially if the game gets out of reach for Indiana.
Milwaukee (31-17, third in the East) has won nine straight games against Indiana dating back to Mar. 4, 2020.
For the Bucks’ full team injury report, click here.
How has Giannis Antetokounmpo performed since his return from a knee injury?
In terms of Antetokounmpo’s production since his return from a knee injury, the star forward has not skipped a beat. Over his two games against Detroit and Denver last week, Antetokounmpo averaged 31.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He did so on 56.7% shooting. The Bucks also won both games.
For the season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 31.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per game on 52.6% shooting. The Bucks are 25-12 with him and 6-5 without him.
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