The Bucks entered the playoffs with a chance to win a championship and secure a long-term commitment from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Now, they’re just trying not to lose in the second round. And – down 3-1 – they’ll have to avoid elimination in Game 5 against the Heat tonight without Antetokounmpo, who injured his ankle in Game 4. Shams Charania of The Athletic: Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is out for Game 5 vs. Miami with right ankle sprain, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 8, 2020 Milwaukee performed well without Antetokounmpo during the regular season, and that has mostly continued against Miami. The Bucks without Antetokounmpo in this series: Game 1: +3 in 11 minutes Game 2: +5 in 12 minutes Game 3: -2 in 13 minutes Game 4: +1 in 37 minutes Rallying to win Game 4 after Antetokounmpo’s injury was particularly impressive. But don’t overthink this. Antetokounmpo is the reigning MVP and likely back-to-back MVP. This is a HUGE loss. Though he wasn’t meeting expectations in this series, Antetokounmpo was definitely a positive contributor. Even more pressure will land on Khris Middleton to generate offense. George Hill and Eric Bledsoe can chip in. But Milwaukee is… Read full this story
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