Kayte Christensen: Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Grayson Allen will be OUT tonight against the @SacramentoKings according to HC Mike Budenholzer
Jim Owczarski: #Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said Giannis Antetokounmpo (right calf soreness, doubtful) will not play tonight vs. the #Heat
Jim Owczarski: Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was a late scratch after warmups in Toronto with right calf soreness, is doubtful for tonight's #Bucks game with the #Heat. When we were allowed into shootaround this morning, he was the one player I didn't see.
Eric Nehm: Bucks injury report for Saturday night against the Heat: - Lopez, DiVincenzo and Ojeleye are OUT. - Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful (right calf soreness). - DeMarcus Cousins (left foot soreness) and George Hill (right knee hyperextension) are probable.
Justin Garcia: Giannis is out tonight with calf soreness
Eric Nehm: Mike Budenholzer said he expects Giannis Antetokounmpo to play tonight in Atlanta. George Hill, on the other hand, will be out.
Eric Nehm: Giannis Antetokounmpo was listed as probable on the injury report with a right ankle sprain. He is OUT tonight against the Celtics.
Gary Washburn: Giannis worked out before the game, didn’t feel 100 percent comfortable and was held out. #Bucks #Celtics.
Jim Owczarski: Giannis Antetokounmpo said his knee was bothering him in the second half after this play vs. the #Jazz and it was suggested he not return to action: “But it’s not the time. It’s not the time to do that. … This is the time to lead.” pic.twitter.com/wwfTfgxVKr
Giannis Antetokounmpo (hyperextended left knee). Recovery: Antetokounmpo hyperextended his knee during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks, and although he played each game of the NBA Finals, it's unclear how much he's still dealing with the lingering effects of that injury. He told a Greek television channel recently that his knee was "still hurting," but he said he felt good at the start of Bucks training camp while acknowledging he will need to listen to his body early on. The Bucks held him out of their first 5-on-5 practice last Tuesday. Return: It's unclear whether this injury will cause Antetokounmpo to miss any time during the regular season, but the Bucks are likely going to manage him carefully as he ramps up during the preseason.
Dionysis Aravantinos: Giannis Antetokounmpo on his hyperextended knee injury: "It wasn't a miracle. If you work hard, you don't drink, don't smoke, you work hard for 8-9 years. I shouldn't have played in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. I was in a lot of pain. I'm still hurting. But I'll be okay." (Via COSMOTE TV)
Jim Owczarski: As for Giannis Antetokounmpo, it's easy to forget he suffered that scary-looking knee injury in the Eastern Conference Finals. #Bucks GM Jon Horst said the Finals MVP needs no offseason procedures: "He's fine. Can't explain it, but he's fine."
Mark Medina: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer: “Very generally speaking, Giannis is in a good place” with his knee.
Tim Bontemps: Mike Budenholzer says Giannis Antetokounmpo is moving well and feeling good and that he’s getting “a little bit better every day.” It’s now 15 days out from his hyperextended knee, and there’s been one game in the past six days entering Game 4 tonight.
Justin Garcia: Coach Budenholzer confirms Giannis was suffering from cramps in the fourth. The Suns pushed the five point lead to 10 as soon as he left
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)
May 25, 2022 | 11:21 am EDT Update
SI: Who’s the toughest cover in the league? Grant Williams: For guys like myself, the hardest people to guard are like Darius Garland. Small, shifty point guards. The longer, taller guys, and the physical guys I’m OK with. I do a good job on Darius and guys like that, but for me, it’s always been a small, small, small point guard that’s really shifty and quick.
SI: You have a long history with Bam. Does that help at all? Grant Williams: I feel like he’s gotten so much better since then. So as much as it could help, he’s improved so much that it’s one of those things, I can’t really go off my high school scouting report. As the years have gone on, it’s gotten more and more fun to play against him because of how much he’s improved, how much he continually wants to get better and improve his shot. I’m really just excited to play him throughout my career.
SI: Not to kick this off by asking a weird question, but how does your body feel right now? You’ve taken as much punishment in this playoff run as any player that I can remember since I started covering the league. Have you ever felt like you do right now, playing basketball? Grant Williams: Definitely not. But hey, this is what the playoffs and everything is about, right? It’s my role to deal with. It’s something you embrace, and I feel like it’s just even more fun because it’s something that I feel is unique and I don’t see many guys that can do the same things that I do.
SI: Which is what, exactly? Grant Williams: Just like in terms of going from the first series of guarding Kyrie and KD, then going to the next series with Giannis, the guys there. And now it’s what, Bam and Jimmy, and having primary matchups with each one of them. Even next series, maybe Steph and those guys? It’s interesting.
He said working on every part of his offensive game will be an offseason priority. “I really haven’t had a summer healthy to really work on my game,” Victor Oladipo said. “This summer I’m looking forward to fine-tuning all the stuff I’m great at, which includes [three-pointers, pull-ups, drives to the basket] and more. Transition, half-court, all the stuff that was second nature to me.”
So is his biggest room for growth offensively and not defensively? “Definitely [offensively], especially because I didn’t have had an opportunity to find my rhythm,” he said last week. “I can still be effective, find ways to affect the game. Even offensively, it’s more of a mind-set thing. I haven’t played a lot. I don’t have as much reps as everyone else but I can still play at a high level.”
The Memphis Grizzlies could be looking at an expensive price tag to keep unrestricted free agent Tyus Jones this summer. If Memphis goes in another direction, it will have the draft, free agency and trade market to explore for a quality backup point guard. However, one of the best options may already be on the roster.