Giannis Antetokounmpo Forced to Exit Early with Knee Injury

In a major blow to the Milwaukee Bucks, their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, suffered a right knee injury during Friday night's game against the Miami Heat.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Forced to Exit Early with Knee Injury

In a major blow to the Milwaukee Bucks, their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, suffered a right knee injury during Friday night's game against the Miami Heat. The injury occurred when Antetokounmpo collided with a player from the opposing team, causing him to leave the game with 1:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Injury Update

During the second quarter, the team announced that Antetokounmpo would not be returning to the game. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer stated that the team would be treating the injury day-by-day. Antetokounmpo was seen quickly motioning toward the bench after passing the ball, forcing Coach Budenholzer to call a rare mid-possession timeout.

He headed straight to the locker room after the play, with Coach Budenholzer remarking, "He was basically asking out. Fortunately, we had the ball. Fortunately we had the ball. I don't think we know exactly when he knocked knees."

Limited Action

He sustained a right wrist injury earlier in the day in the team's last game before the All-Star break, according to the injury report.

Even though this was the case, he was upgraded to questionable before the game and then to active. He played a total of six minutes, scoring four points, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing out four assists.

Victory in Spite of Injury

The injury to Antetokounmpo did not prevent the Bucks from securing a 128-99 victory over the Heat, with a margin of 29 points, their largest of the season.

The win extended the team's winning streak to 13 games, the longest in this NBA this season. All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, who finished with 24 points and seven assists, credited the team's success to their continued rhythm and fast-paced play, stating, "The last two days of practice [without Giannis], we really just emphasized kind of keeping that rhythm, the way that we play.

Bud says we turn on the faucet. I think just playing fast, sometimes playing random and keeping our chemistry has been good." While Antetokounmpo's injury is a setback for the team, the Milwaukee Bucks have demonstrated their resilience and depth, coasting to victory even without their star player on the court.

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