The Bucks are the NBA’s hottest team, but they now hold their breath after an injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo.
With the Bucks in search of their 12th-consecutive win, Antetokounmpo exited early with an apparent wrist injury. With Antetokounmpo playing at an MVP level this season, any potential of missed time would be a major setback for a Milwaukee team with title aspirations.
The Sporting News has you covered with the latest on Antetokounmpo’s injury and what it means moving forward.
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What is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury?
Early in the second quarter of Milwaukee’s meeting with the Bulls, Antetokounmpo collided into the stanchion after attempting to block a shot. The Bucks ruled him out for the remainder of the game with a sprained right wrist.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will NOT return to tonight’s game due to a right wrist sprain.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 17, 2023
Here is the play were Antetokounpmo suffered the injury.
Have to hope Giannis’ wrist/hand is okay after this pic.twitter.com/xPBroLtViA
— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) February 17, 2023
Antetokounmpo was limited to just nine minutes of action, registering two points, seven rebounds and three assists in his time on the floor.
How long will Giannis Antetokounmpo be out?
It is unclear whether or not the injury will cause Antetokounmpo to miss significant time. It is worth noting that the injury came in Milwaukee’s final game before the All-Star break, which means the team will have an eight-day break before returning to action.
Check back for more updates on Antetokounmpo’s status moving forward.
Will Giannis Antetokounmpo play in the NBA All-Star Game?
As the Eastern Conference’s leading vote-getter, Antetokounmpo is slated to be the captain of Team Giannis in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The severity of Antetokounmpo’s injury will determine whether or not he will be able to suit up in the All-Star Game, which falls just three days after he sustained his injury.
Here are Milwaukee’s next five games following the All-Star break.
|Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||National TV|
|Feb. 24||vs. Heat||7:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Feb. 26||vs. Suns||1 p.m.||ABC|
|Feb. 28||at Nets||7:30 p.m.||—|
|March 1||vs. Magic||8 p.m.||—|
|March 4||vs. 76ers||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
Giannis Antetokounmpo career stats, highlights
- 22.5 points per game
- 9.6 rebounds per game
- 4.7 assists per game
- 1.3 blocks per game
- 1.1 steals per game
- 2.9 turnovers per game
- 32.6 minutes per game
- 53.5 percent shooting
- 28.7 percent 3-point shooting
- 71.0 percent free throw shooting