Will Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Return For NBA Playoffs?

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) sits on the bench

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is sidelined with a left calf strain. Will the Bucks forward return for the playoffs?

Will Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Return For NBA Playoffs?

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks are preparing to be without Antetokounmpo for the start of the team’s opening-round series with the Indiana Pacers.

Milwaukee remains hopeful that Antetokounmpo can return later in the series. Wojnarowski’s report also stated that Antetokounmpo has been receiving around-the-clock treatment on the calf.

Antetokounmpo injured his calf on April 9 in a win against the Boston Celtics. Luckily, an MRI revealed Antetokounmpo’s Achilles tendon was fully intact, keeping his hopes alive to return this season.

Bucks Play Indiana Pacers In First Round

The Bucks earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and will play the No. 6 Indiana Pacers in the First Round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

The Pacers beat the Bucks four out of five times this season. Indiana’s offense has dominated Milwaukee’s defense, averaging 128.8 points in five games.

While Milwaukee has the talent to defeat Indiana, it will be nearly impossible to replace Antetokounmpo’s production. “The Greak Freak” became the first player in NBA history to average 30-plus points per game on 60% shooting.

Antetokounmpo finished the regular season averaging 30.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks on 61.1% shooting.

The Bucks host the Pacers in Game 1 on Sunday, April 21.

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