The Greek stopped by hyperextension in the left knee. Atlanta awaits its star
The surrender came 7 hours before the tap-off. Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play game-5 between Milwaukee and Atlanta, scheduled at 2:30 Italian time. It was the Bucks who announced the Greek forfeit, who in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference final remedied a hyperextension of the left knee. The investigations to which the two-time mvp underwent yesterday ruled out worse troubles (the Bucks initially feared an injury to the crusader), but Giannis’s remains a complicated injury, serious enough to exclude him from a game that promises to be decisive, given the 2-2 in the series.
“Who are the Bucks going to bet on? I think my daughter would also be able to answer this question: Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton ”answered Danilo Gallinari with a smile after finishing the Hawks in the morning. Coach Budenholzer will have to decide how to change Milwaukee without the Greek: “We will evaluate one or two options and then before the game we will decide which one to choose – explained the Bucks coach -. However, I hope to have a game system that can work even without Giannis ”. There are two main ways: to promote Bobby Portis in the quintet, important from the bench in the series who could give centimeters and points without upsetting the quintet, or Pat Connaughton, a defensive specialist who would free Middleton. The absence of the Greek, 26.5 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 assists per average in the first 4 games, also changes Atlanta’s defensive plans: “We worked on two different game plans: one if Giannis is present and one if not there. is – Gallo told reporters before the Bucks made official the absence of the Greek -. With him obviously they are a different team ”.
Atlanta also has some doubts before Game-5, but hasn’t resolved them yet. Both Trae Young, absent in the fourth game due to a bruise on his right ankle, and Clint Capela, who suffered a strong blow to his right eye in Game-4, are officially 50/50. The star and the Swiss will be in doubt until the end: Young, as already happened in race-4, will test the conditions of his ankle in the pre-match warm-up and will decide together with the medical staff. The presence of Capela, according to the latest rumors, seems more likely.
1 July – 19:59
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