Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo To Have MRI On Calf Injury

The Milwaukee Bucks snapped their four-game losing streak but can’t seem to shake hard luck, as star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo exited Tuesday’s 104-91 win over the Boston Celtics with a lower leg injury. Antetokounmpo will undergo an MRI on his strained left calf, per NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

He suffered the injury simply by jogging up the court. 

As relayed by Ben Steele of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Antetokounmpo, guard Damian Lillard and forward Khris Middleton have played just eight games together since Doc Rivers took over as coach in late January.

Nonetheless, Milwaukee (48-31) still sits in second in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the New York Knicks, and two over the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It’s just been us all year,” forward Bobby Portis said, via Steele. “Look at the makeup of our team. We are really resilient in the things we do.”

The Bucks led 73-58 when Antetokounmpo fell to the court with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter. He finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

“Obviously, pulling for him and hoping for the best,” Lopez said, via Steele. “But all this stuff that we’ve been through the season is just making us stronger. Getting us better. Making us tougher for this final (week) until the playoffs.”

Meanwhile, the Celtics (62-17) have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They attempted zero free throws in Tuesday’s loss — the first time in NBA history a team has failed to attempt at least one foul shot.

The Bucks attempted just two, resulting in a quick game that lasted just one hour and 57 minutes.

“You know, I didn’t know it. I thought it was a physical game and then they handed me the stat sheet and I told them, ‘No, I need the whole game.’ I thought it was the halftime stats,” Rivers told reporters. “I didn’t look at the minutes. And then I said, ‘Wow, two free throws for a basketball game.’ That’s crazy.”

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