UPDATE: The Bucks officially announced that Antetokounmpo would not return to the game due to a hyperextended left knee.
Earlier, in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks, Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a left knee injury. After the injury, Antetokounmpo needed assistance off the court, and while he appeared to be able to put weight on his left knee, it was clear that the two-time league MVP was in excruciating pain.
Antetokounmpo rose up with 7:14 left in the third quarter to try to break up a Clint Capela lob attempt. Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly on his left leg, seeming to buckle his knee. He then lay down on the floor for several minutes as the Atlanta State Farm Arena fell silent.
Antetokounmpo eventually got up, but he needed help getting inside the dressing room from his brother, Thanasis. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting, eight rebounds, and three assists prior to his injury. Milwaukee was down 62-52 versus the Hawks without Trae Young at the time of his injury. He ultimately returned to the locker room after attempting to return to the bench.
The Bucks entered Tuesday night’s game looking to go up in the series, 3-1, before things shifted back to Wisconsin. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in about Antetokounmpo’s status, both in this game and throughout the rest of the series.