Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Anetetokounmpo had to be carried off the court after suffering a knee injury in the third quarter. The two-time MVP was unable to return back into the game as the Hawks steamrolled their way to victory.
The incident occurred with just over 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Giannis was on the defensive end and attempted to block an alley-oop attempt by Clint Capela.
While landing on his left leg, the knee appeared to be hyperextended, which could mean a threat to the ACL. The player collapsed to the floor in pain as the medical staff attended to him. Watch the injury right below:
While he briefly made a return to the bench in the third quarter, he returned back to the locker room soon after and was declared unavailable for the rest of the contest.
His status for the remainder of the series remains unknown as he joins the large group of All-Star Players who have been injured in the playoffs so far.
He is expected to undergo scans on his knee which will reveal the extent of the injury and Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer did not have any update after the game. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.” he said
Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to undergo further imaging on his left knee tomorrow, sources told ESPN
Giannis’ counterpart Trae Young has also been sidelined due to injury and did not partake in Game 4 at all, due to a bone bruise injury.
The series will now head back to Milwaukee at two apiece, but it could take a whole new direction in case Giannis does not make it.
Arguably one of the best players in the post season so far, Giannis has played a significant role in their breezy sweep of the Heat, as well as their intense comeback against Brooklyn Nets.
He has been averaging 29.2 points, 13 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the postseason so far.