Giannis out vs. Hawks, giving ankle time to heal

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Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the Milwaukee Bucks’ sport Sunday in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks due to a proper ankle sprain.

Antetokounmpo aggravated his injured ankle after scoring 34 factors within the Bucks’ 128-118 win over the LA Clippers on Thursday night time. He left halfway by way of the fourth quarter and didn’t return.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer advised reporters Sunday that there’s a good probability that Antetokounmpo performs on Milwaukee’s three-game street journey. The Bucks play Monday in Brooklyn and Thursday in Philadelphia.

“We’ll consider him, give him one other 24 hours and see how he feels tomorrow,” Budenholzer stated of Antetokounmpo.

The choice to relaxation Antetokounmpo got here with the Bucks near securing home-court benefit all through the playoffs. Milwaukee entered Sunday 3½ video games forward of the Toronto Raptors within the race for the highest spot within the Japanese Convention.

Antetokounmpo, who’s averaging 27.four factors per sport, has missed two video games since struggling the preliminary damage March 17 in opposition to the 76ers. He stated Thursday that he by no means felt totally recovered from the sprain.

“Often once you sprain your ankle, you tweak your ankle, you keep out for 2, three, 4 video games,” Antetokounmpo stated. “However I do not like lacking video games, so I’ve to work by way of it whereas taking part in and attempt to get my power with our practices.”

Bucks ahead Khris Middleton (groin) is also out for Sunday’s sport.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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