The Milwaukee Bucks started the NBA playoffs as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and one of the favorites to take home the championship, but after just one game in the postseason a Giannis Antetokounmpo injury could derail their aspirations at another Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Antetokounmpo is being listed as doubtful by the Bucks in their first injury report since their Game 1 loss against the Miami Heat on Sunday.
The team indicates that this season’s MVP candidate is dealing with a lower back contusion that he sustained during the first quarter of their past game.
Aside from Giannis, the team only listed another player on the injury report, with guard Wesley Matthews having been already ruled out for Wednesday’s contest.
Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t return after his in-game injury
Giannis Antetokoumpo got injured towards the end of the first quarter of Game 1 in the First Round of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs after colliding with Kevin Love from the Heat as he attacked the basket and despite staying in the game for a few moments afterwards, the “Greek Freak” exited the court towards the locker room and didn’t return throughout the match.
Antetokounmpo didn’t practice on Tuesday and it was a clear indication that the pain and discomfort are plaguing him in more ways than the team and himself would’ve hoped for after undergoing X-rays and further testing.