Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Dealing With Soreness From Hyperextended Knee

On June 29, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextended left knee injury during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals series against the Atlanta Hawks. The injury proved to be moderate as Antetokounmpo was sidelined for the ensuing Games 5 and 6, but returned to face the Phoenix Suns for Game 1 of the NBA Finals a week later.

Nearly three months later and an offseason of rehabbing his knee injury, Giannis is reportedly still dealing with noticeable soreness, according to a report from RealGM.

As the start of the 2021-22 NBA season nears with a debut game against the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 19, Giannis and the Bucks are monitoring the injury to assess whether the two-time MVP will have his minutes restricted to accommodate the extended window of recovery time.

Despite the nagging injury, Antetokounmpo finished an impressive Finals series in his return by sweeping the Suns, 4-0, and averaging 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

During Game 5 and 6 of the Hawks series, Bobby Portis, PJ Tucker and Brook Lopez all saw extended roles to fill the void left by Giannis’ absence. Tucker has since signed with the Miami Heat and Portis resigned with the Bucks on Aug. 6 to a two-year, $9 million extension.

Looking for the latest NBA Insider News & Rumors?

Be sure to follow Hoops Wire on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for breaking NBA News and Rumors for all 32 teams!

Leave a Reply