As the first game of the NBA Finals approaches, the biggest storyline of the end-of-season series is the state of Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo—and whether he can play against the Suns in the first game.
The “Greek Freak” missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Eagles and withdrew from the fourth game in Atlanta with his left knee extended. After his withdrawal, the Eagles defeated Milwaukee 110-88, but Ant Koenbo’s teammates stepped up in the 5th and 6th games, winning the series 4-2 and allowing Milwaukee to win the series since 1974. For the first time since entering the NBA Finals-none of these two defending NBA MVP.
In other words, Milwaukee is still not sure when Antequera will be able to play against the Suns. The Suns and Chris Paul are looking for their first NBA championship. The Bucks need at least four games to get Antetokounmbo back into the lineup, but the team clearly wants him to return as soon as possible.
The following is the latest news from Antetokounmpo before the first game of the NBA Finals series on Tuesday:
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The Bucks released a short clip of Antequera entering the team’s plane on Sunday, titled “Go to Phoenix.”
Although this indicates that he will be able to play at some point in the series, it does not provide any clues as to when to play (in addition, the team’s social media account is not necessarily the source of official team news or updates).
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer provided one on Monday A brief update on the status of Antequera, Saying that he is “progressing.” He made no other updates to his status, which was still up in the air in the first game. This is basically what he said after winning Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals:
“I mean, (Giannis) and the sports performance team, they have been together for a long time. Observing their relationship is very special. Observing his communication and trust is also very special. You have to listen to the voice of the players, and then you Must listen to the sports performance group. At some point, Jon Horst and myself are part of the conversation, but this is just daily. We will update it in due course. The conversation between him and me and his The performance group, this is a bit private, we will see where he is every day.”
The NBA said on Monday that Antetokounmpo will not train before the first game of the Finals, adding that he is Free from participation in media availability Because his identity is unknown. However, Jared Greenberg of NBA TV reported on Monday that although Antequera is not on the team, he is in a private gym in Phoenix-in front of several people connected to the organization, including Trainers, coaches, people from his own camp and frontline. Office executives-trying to prepare for the series opener on Tuesday.
Although Greenberg reported that Antequera is still uncertain, he said that someone described to him “Giannis will go all out to get into the lineup.”
Greenberg also pointed out that there is only one day between the first and second games of the NBA Finals, but there are two days between the second and third games and between the third and fourth games. The Bucks may consider using Tuesday and Wednesday as additional rest days for Antequera to ensure that he has enough rest and is ready to enter the series in the second game.
Bucks vs. Suns first injury report
(This section will be updated based on the injury reports of the Bucks and Suns before the first game)
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