Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Back Injury Tests Have Come Back Normal

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's Back Injury Tests Have Come Back Normal

The Milwaukee Bucks are still hopeful that Giannis Antetokounmpo can play through the back injury he sustained in Game 1 of the first round and continue contributing to the team’s success.

Mike Budenholzer, the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, informed reporters on Monday that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MRI and X-rays came back negative and that he and the rest of the team continue to be “optimistic” about Antetokounmpo as they prepare for Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday

“I would say he is still painful, but I believe the progress, and he’s receiving some therapy, and I think we’ll just continue to watch him for the next 24 (hours), next day or two,” Budenholzer said. “I think progress, and he’s getting some treatment.” And there should be two days between games. He still feels generally good and hopeful, but we will wait to see how he does in the next day or two.

Antetokounmpo was pulled out of Milwaukee’s Game 1 defeat to Miami, which ended up being 130-117, in the first quarter when he fell awkwardly on his rear after being fouled. This caused him to leave the game. Antetokounmpo walked to the locker room after being taken out of the game for inappropriate behavior. He left the field for the second time with 8 minutes and 33 seconds remaining in the first half, and he didn’t return after that. He departed with 9 minutes and 56 seconds left in the second quarter.

The Bucks will be making their playoff run for the second year in a row despite having a key player go down with an injury at an early stage.

All-Star player three times over. Last year, during Game 2 of the Bucks’ opening-round series against the Chicago Bulls, Khris Middleton suffered a sprain to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. As a result, he was sidelined for Milwaukee’s next ten postseason games. In the end, the Bucks were eliminated from the East playoffs by the Boston Celtics after dropping a seven-game series against them.

Antetokounmpo had a hyperextended knee injury in the East finals the year before, causing him to miss the last two games of the tournament. After returning from that injury, he has voted the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after scoring 50 points in the title-clinching win against the Phoenix Suns. This victory earned the Bucks their first championship in half a century, and it was the Bucks’ first championship overall.

The Bucks are hoping that Antetokounmpo will again demonstrate his resiliency. But, when the 2023 NBA playoffs got underway, he was not the only star player sidelined by an injury.

A series of injuries were sustained throughout a couple of hours. Furthermore, on Sunday, two-time All-Stars Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies and Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat could not play due to injuries, which prevented them from completing their respective teams’ playoff openers.

The fans of the Los Angeles Lakers were frightened when Anthony Davis grabbed at his right shoulder and said he couldn’t move his arm. Davis had a speedy recovery from his stinger and rejoined the Lakers at the start of the third quarter of their 128-112 win against the Grizzlies. This was fortunate for the Lakers.

On their drives to the basket, Antetokounmpo and Morant fell awkwardly, resulting in the two players sustaining injuries.

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