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Milwaukee Bucks PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday after suffering a hyperextended left knee during the Eastern Conference Finals, per Shams Charania.
Giannis will play in Game 1 on Tuesday after progressing from doubtful to questionable earlier in the day. Milwaukee will need his size and aggressiveness in the paint to counter Phoenix Suns C De'Andre Ayton and PF Jae Crowder. Antetokounmpo has not played since a Game 4 loss against the Atlanta Hawks, where he yielded 14 points, eight rebounds, and three assists across 24 minutes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been upgraded to questionable ahead of game one of the NBA finals on Tuesday between Milwaukee and Phoenix.
After originally being listed as doubtful, Antetokounmpo saw his status upgraded on Tuesday afternoon's injury report. If anything even if he is unable to take the court in game one, it does show he has a chance to at least be able to take the court by game two.
Milwaukee Bucks PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) is listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.
With Antetokounmpo doubtful to play in Game 1 against the Suns, Bobby Portis will see increased usage as the starting power forward on Tuesday. Giannis' brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, should also see an increase in minutes. Pat Connaughton is another Bucks player who could be a good play in DFS formats as he steps in to relieve P.J. Tucker, who is assuredly going to be busy guarding Suns' shooting guard Devin Booker.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's status for game one of the NBA finals on Tuesday remains in question.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters that he does not have an expectation in either direction for whether or not Giannis Antetokounmpo will play in Game one. "He did court work," Budenholzer said on Antetokounmpo. "He’s making progress and we’re pleased he’s making progress.”
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 6 on Saturday.
Antetokounmpo missed Game 5 after hyperextending his knee in Game 4. He was originally listed as doubtful to play in Game 6, but has since been officially ruled out. It’s still unclear if he’d be able to return for a Game 7 if the Hawks were to tie up the series in Game 6, however, there was some optimism he’d be able to give it a shot.