Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Ruled Out For Game 5

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially been ruled out for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Hawks, the team announced.Giannis Antetokounmpo

Most suspected Antetokounmpo would be out after suffering a hyperextended left knee in the Bucks’ Game 4 loss. He could be lost for the remainder of the playoffs, per multiple reports. ESPN reported a timetable for a return is unclear.

Obviously, Antetokounmpo’s absence will be a major factor in a series that is currently tied at 2-all. The Bucks continue to own homecourt advantage, with Games 5 and 7, if necessary, taking place in Milwaukee.

But Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points and 12.7 rebounds, and the Bucks will undoubtedly need more production from unlikely sources just to stay afloat. They had already been missing starting guard Donte DiVincenzo, out of the playoffs with an ankl;e injury.

As far as replacing Antetokounmpo goes, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer will have turn to the likes of Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez and P.J. Tucker to try to pick up the slack.

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