Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo said he felt “great” playing tonight. “I thought my knee was stable.” He adds his knee wasn’t in pain. Over the last week he’s done pool sessions, elevated his knee, got treatment and was rehabbing “24 hours a day.”
Jim Owczarski: Giannis Antetokounmpo said he thought he wrecked everything in his knee in Atlanta. As for tonight he said several times he felt no pain vs. the #Suns. He said he can’t predict how he’ll be tomorrow, but expects to feel better in Game 2. pic.twitter.com/Rkw5okRjsC
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo said he hasn’t watched the replay of his injury. “But when the play happened, I thought I would be out for a year. So, I’m just happy two games later I’m back.”
Michael C. Wright: Monty Williams said the Suns planned for Giannis to play in Game 1. "That's what we expected. We were planning for their best and Giannis is their best."
Chris Haynes: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) will play tonight in Game 1 of The Finals against the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell @YahooSports .
Jeff Zillgitt: Bucks All-NBA forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is making progress but remains a game-time decision, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer just told reporters.
Duane Rankin: Giannis game-time decision, says Mike Budenholzer. #Suns #Bucks #NBAPlayoffs #NBAFinals
Austin Kent: Giannis Antetokounmpo still listed as 'questionable' as of the 5:30 PM injury report. We're now three hours away from Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Who are we rooting for?
Mike Vorkunov: Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry says it's up to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the team's medical staff if he'll play in Game 1 of the Finals against the Suns. "I'm pretty sure he'll play in the series," he said on CNBC today. "The question is when."
Mark Medina: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Giannis Antetokounmpo "had a good day and is making good progress." But Budenholzer said he doesn't have an expectation on if he will play in Game 1 or not. Budenholzer added it's not clear to what extent Giannis will partake in today's practice
Mark Medina: Bucks' Khris Middleton on supporting Giannis Antetokounmpo during his injury: "I tell him to do what's best for himself and his family." Middleton stressed they don't want Giannis to rush back
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said the Suns are preparing for Giannis Antetokounmpo to play, but they have a backup plan in case he doesn't. Either way, he said the Bucks have been attacking the paint lately with or without him
Ben Golliver: Mike Budenholzer says Bucks will approach Giannis Antetokounmpo's availability for the NBA Finals as a "day to day" thing and that Giannis, Bud, GM Jon Horst & sports performance team will be involved in the decision. Says Giannis was "dying to be out there" in Games 5 & 6.
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo was able do some work on the court today, Mike Budenholzer says. It is the first time he has done so since injuring his knee.
Chris Haynes: There’s belief Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) would be given the green light for a potential Game 7 if Hawks avoid elimination in Game 6 on Saturday, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Jim Owczarski: Giannis Antetokounmpo gets a round of applause as he came out to sit on the bench and watch his #Bucks teammates warm up about eight minutes before the game starts.
Malika Andrews: Mike Budenholzer said Giannis Antetokounmpo did work in the weight room at shoot around this morning, but didn’t do any on-court work. Budenholzer expects him to be in the building tonight.
Shams Charania: Official: Giannis Antetokounmpo is out tonight.
Lori Nickel: "The fall, the injury, the second half," it was all very hard on everyone. But: Even if he doesn't play @Giannis Antetokounmpo will have a large impact on Game 5. "Amazingly Giannis finds a way to lift people up," said Budenholzer. Bud really seems to be trying to lighten up the mood.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sustained a hyperextended left knee and will be listed as doubtful for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals tomorrow night at Fiserv Forum. The injury occurred in the third period of the Bucks’ Game 4 loss at Atlanta last night.
Antetokounmpo, 26, underwent an MRI and subsequent examination today by team physician Dr. Carole Vetter of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. The MRI confirmed the earlier diagnosis.
Zach Lowe: There is no structural damage to Giannis Antetokounmpo's left knee after his awkward landing last night in Atlanta; ligaments are sound, sources tell @Adrian Wojnarowski and I. Timetable to return is unclear.
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to undergo further imaging on his left knee tomorrow, sources told ESPN.
Eric Nehm: Bud, on GA on bench: “I just know historically it’s impossible to keep him off the court. It’s impossible to keep him away from his teammates, keep him away from his team. My guess is he probably wants to try to play and if not let his teammates know that he’s there for them.”
Jim Owczarski: #Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said he has no further update on Giannis Antetokounmpo outside of the left knee hyperextension. Budenholzer is not aware of any imaging done on the two-time MVP at this point.
Eric Nehm: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer with no further update on Giannis Antetokounmpo after the game. “He was in the locker room with the guys and addressed the group.” - Budenholzer
Tom Haberstroh: If Giannis misses any games due to injury, he’d be the 10th All-Star who has been sidelined for at least 1 game this postseason. Anthony Davis James Harden Kyrie Irving Kawhi Leonard Donovan Mitchell Joel Embiid Mike Conley Jaylen Brown Chris Paul Previous playoff-high was *6*
Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo left Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks with an apparent injury to his left knee. He will not return to Tuesday night's game, per the Bucks. Antetokounmpo fell to the ground after he hyperextended his left knee when colliding with Atlanta's Clint Capela early in the third quarter. He was helped off the court and went to the locker room with the team trainer and his brother and teammate, Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Jeff Stotts: Re: Giannis: He clearly hyperextended the left knee but multiple structures can be injured with this mechanism. It is worth noting he previously sprained the joint capsule in this same knee in March of 2020. Hoping he somehow avoided significant injury.
Tim Bontemps: Giannis Antetokounmpo is in the starting lineup, as expected, after dealing with calf tightness and being listed as probable on the injury report. No changes to the starters on ether side.
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo is working through some calf tightness. Mike Budenholzer said that he’s been getting treatment, “but I think he’s going to be fine.” Antetokounmpo will start in Game 3 against Atlanta tonight, Budenholzer said.
Jim Owczarski: Giannis Antetokounmpo is probable to play tonight for the #Bucks with left calf tightness while Bogdan Bogdanović is questionable with right knee soreness for the #Hawks
Barry Jackson: Giannis Antetokounmpo probable for Game 4 with groin soreness. No Heat player on injury report except Oladipo, who's out after surgery
Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to lineup vs. Brooklyn today (3:30 PM ET, ABC), sources tell ESPN. The two-time MVP left Thursday's game with right ankle sprain and missed Friday's victory over Bulls. NBA Countdown w/ @MariaTaylor, @Jalen Rose and me at 3 ET on ABC.
Eric Nehm: Bucks injury report for tomorrow's game against the Nets: Giannis Antetokounmpo - probable - right ankle sprain
Eric Nehm: The Bucks have submitted an injury report for tonight's game against the Hawks, the second night of a back-to-back obviously. Giannis Antetokounmpo - Questionable (left knee soreness) Donte DiVincenzo - Question (right toe soreness)
Eric Nehm: Per Mike Budenholzer, Giannis Antetokounmpo is OUT for today's game against the Timberwolves.
Jim Owczarski: Some good news for the #Bucks on the court - head coach Mike Budenholzer said Giannis Antetokounmpo and P.J. Tucker participated fully in practice today. In terms of playing vs. the #Timberwolves, that will depend on how they respond to the work today.
The scene was quite familiar to fans who have watched the Bucks’ starters celebrate their teammates’ success at the end of blowout victories in the last two seasons with one notable exception: Antetokounmpo was not wearing a jersey. Instead, Antetokounmpo was wearing a black Bucks hooded sweatshirt and a pair of black joggers as he watched from the sidelines as he missed his fifth consecutive game because of left knee soreness.
“We were talking about it before the game,” Middleton said after putting up 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Sunday’s win. “He said he hasn’t missed this many games in a row in his career. He’s itching to get back out, so hopefully he’ll be back out there soon.”
Following shootaround before the Pacers game, The Athletic asked Connaughton about Antetokounmpo’s impressive ability to stay healthy throughout his career and why he has always been able to return to the floor quickly after an injury. “Work ethic,” Connaughton said. “I feel like the misnomer is when you get injured, you need rest, like your body will heal itself and what I’ve seen since I’ve been in the NBA is that is actually the opposite.”
Throughout his time in Milwaukee, Budenholzer has often used the term “aggressively cautious” in regards to how they attempt to manage injuries as an organization. Antetokounmpo’s injury has proven to be an interesting test to that greater philosophy. When Antetokounmpo initially sustained the injury, the Bucks diagnosed it as a “left knee sprain” and sat him for the next game. After that his name no longer appeared on the injury report, but then he looked passive against the Celtics before missing another game against the Knicks due to “left knee soreness”. Antetokounmpo once again came off the injury report for the start of the west coast trip before ultimately landing on the injury report again following the game in Portland and missing the following five games.
With 17 games left to play, just three games separate them from the Nets and 76ers at the top of the Eastern Conference and 4.5 games separate them from the fourth-place Hawks. Budenholzer, however, claims the standings do not come into play in their decision-making in regards to playing Antetokounmpo or any of their players while injured. “Mostly no, but to say we are not aware of what you kind of described would not be accurate either,” Budenholzer said before losing to the Hornets with a short-handed roster on Apr. 9. “I think we’re just mostly conscious about trying to keep our guys healthy…I would say it’s just way more trying to see how our guys are feeling, what they’re doing and less about standings and different things like that.
Brad Townsend: 12:30 injury report still lists Giannis as doubtful for Bucks tonight. For Dallas, Burke is probable, Kleber is questionable, out are Redick, Cauley-Stein and Terry. No mention of Porzingis, which presumably means he's available tonight.
Eric Nehm: Bucks injury report for Thursday night's game against the Mavericks: - Giannis Antetokounmpo - doubtful (left knee soreness) - P.J. Tucker - OUT (left calf strain)
Eric Nehm: Giannis Antetokounmpo is not on the Bucks’ injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Celtics. The Bucks’ injury report: Bryn Forbes - Probable (right toe sprain) PJ Tucker - Doubtful (left calf strain) Rodions Kurucs - OUT (abdominal strain)
Jim Owczarski: Giannis Antetokounmpo will start tonight for the #Bucks vs. the #Celtics. He missed the last game with a left knee sprain.
Kane Pitman: Milwaukee injury report update for tomorrow vs. Boston. Giannis Antetokounmpo - Questionable (left knee sprain) Bryn Forbes - Questionable (right toe sprain) PJ Tucker - Probable (left ankle sprain)
Eric Nehm: How long do you expect Giannis to be out? Budenholzer: "We're hoping it's shorter rather than longer, but we'll see how these first 48 to 72 hours go and then we'll know more then."
Scott Agness: Bucks will be without Giannis Antetokounmpo (left knee sprain) tonight vs Pacers. Late tip-off on NBA TV. 9pm ET.
Eric Nehm: Today’s injury report lists Giannis Antetokounmpo as probable with a right knee contusion. He banged knees on Saturday, but finished the game.
Jamie Hudson: Bucks Injury Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee; contusion) is probable for Monday’s game vs. Blazers
Kane Pitman: Giannis says he felt lost being stuck on the sidelines: “I would play with one leg if I had to..I don’t care.” Says he wanted to play but he respects the organisation putting his health over the game and says “that’s big for me.”
Kane Pitman: Budenholzer on GA: We couldn’t let Giannis go out there. He’s not ready, he’s not healthy, we can’t put him at risk. Giannis would always play, he wants to be there for his teammates so really, really hard for Giannis but I think it was pretty clear for everyone except Giannis..”
Shams Charania: Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is out for Game 5 vs. Miami with right ankle sprain, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Eric Nehm: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says Giannis Antetokounmpo is doing everything he can to make himself available, but there is no decision yet. He will be a game-time decision.
Ira Winderman: Mike Budenholzer on Giannis, "He continues to do everything to continue his rehab to make himself available." As expected, decision expected closer to 6:30 p.m. tip.
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo arrives at the arena ahead of the Bucks’ Game 5 against the Heat. pic.twitter.com/aUYO6he8bd
Anthony Chiang: Bucks listing Giannis Antetokounmpo (sprained right ankle) as questionable for tomorrow’s Game 5. Heat listing Jae Crowder (left ankle sprain), Tyler Herro (right hip bruise) and Kelly Olynyk (right knee bruise) as questionable. Chris Silva (groin) remains out.
There's currently no update on the status of reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for Game 5 after he reinjured his sprained right ankle in the first half of Game 4, but he certainly will try to suit up -- if possible. The Milwaukee Bucks now trail 3-1 to the Miami Heat in their Eastern Conference semifinals series after rallying for an overtime win Sunday without Antetokounmpo. "Giannis is, like we've said, he's just getting treatment around the clock, doing everything he can to make himself available," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer following Monday's practice. "On the court, we walked through a couple defensive things, a couple offensive things, just kinda stationary in the half court; he was able to participate in that. But -- I think it wasn't much, so I wouldn't read too much into that."
Nick Friedell: Iguodala on Heat's expectation for Giannis/Game 5: "We anticipate him playing, being ready to go. Being the force that he is, being the MVP player that he is. We got to be able to adjust with him ... we just got to have the mental focus being able to lock in."
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had been mostly missing from Milwaukee’s first three games in this one-sided Eastern Conference semifinal series against Miami, drove the lane that sits perpendicular to the primetime press row early in the second quarter on Sunday night. He banged against the Heat’s Andre Iguodala — yet another aggressive move in what had been a dominant start — and let out a scream before vanishing behind the padded barrier when he fell. From our vantage point, what you heard from approximately 15 feet away was far more telling than what you couldn’t see. “Aaaaaah,” he howled. “Aaaahhh. Fuucck!”
May 16, 2022 | 9:00 pm EDT Update
Kyrie Irving — who has a decision to make next month on whether to opt-in to the final year of his Brooklyn contract — sat down for the latest “I Am Athlete” episode. He lifted the lid on a host of topics, including saying the Cavaliers would’ve stayed together longer and won more if he’d been more mature. “If I was in the same maturity line and understanding of who I am, and I look back, we definitely, definitely would’ve won more championships, because there would’ve been a better man-to-man understanding about what I’m going through. I didn’t know how to share my emotions,” Irving said. “I didn’t know how to do that. So instead of sharing, I isolated myself.”
Kyrie Irving: “I just started pouring myself more into the game — I had one of my better seasons but I wasn’t connecting with everybody as much during the championship year. So 2017, it was a different year for us. We went against Golden State, we went against a great team. When you’re not a great team and not clicking on all cylinders and together, you’re easily defeated. You’re defeated before you can get to the arena.”
While Irving has a $36.5 million opt-in decision to make, he’s at a different place in his life than he was when he asked out of Cleveland at 24. In hindsight, he regrets not speaking to LeBron James beforehand. “We didn’t talk during that time,” Irving admitted. “When I look back on what I was going through at that time, I wish I did, because it would’ve been a good understanding of what the future will hold for both of us and we know how much power we both had together. Me and him in the league together running Cleveland, and then being able to put a better team together every single year would’ve definitely been worth it.”
“Frustrating from an organizational standpoint. but even more so from Ben’s,: said Marks. “I had a conversation with Ben. We all did. We saw how he wanted to get out there. To be honest, I’ve got to admire that. He tries to do 3-on-3, 5-on-5 and then you turn around and get an MRI, You see the disc herniation has gotten worse. and you think, well this guy is pushing through something that he shouldn’t be pushing through. Nobody wants to have surgery. It’s the last resort but it’s bygone now and we’ve got to move forward on this, we’ve got to support him and so forth.”
Asked for lessons learned from the Simmons off-again, on-again saga. Marks used the opportunity to critique the critics. “It’s a little bit of a testament that 1) he tried to get back out there and tried to help his teammates and secondly, we have to be careful not judge people. And if you’re outside that medical profession, when you’re chiming in from afar. You just have to be a bit careful of what you’re saying because you really don’t know,” said Marks.
Marks spoke as well about he and Steve Nash have had “honest conversations” both about last season and the upcoming one. He reiterated the need for “high character players” and said he “could see no reason why” both Joe Harris and Seth Curry won’t be back healthy and ready for camp. “The ultimate goal hasn’t changed, that’s to be the last team standing.”
Young LeBron James has been found. Marquis “Mookie” Cook, a high-ranking high school basketball player, has been cast as the NBA superstar in Shooting Stars, Universal and SpringHill Co.’s adaptation of the 2009 book by James and Buzz Bissinger.