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The Milwaukee Bucks are still not confident if they’ll have Giannis Antetokounmpo in the lineup when they take on the Phoenix Suns in the Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
The Greek Freak suffered a hyperextended left knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks, and though he avoided any structural damage, he hasn’t played since. He is officially listed as doubtful for Game 1 on the injury report released by the Bucks.
Antetopkounmpo is making progress and spent Monday going through an individual workout that was watched over by “an army of observers,” according to Jared Greenberg of NBA TV. “As of right now they are still unsure whether Giannis will be able to go,” Greenberg added. “But as it was described to me, Giannis is going to fight tooth and nail to be in the lineup.”
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After the series-clinching 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, 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 game 1 of the NBA Finals will be played between Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, at the Phoenix Suns Arena.
Source – CBS Sports
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