Only a week in the past, Bucks followers had been holding their collective breath as Giannis Antetokounmpo crashed to the ground in Sport four of the Jap Convention finals with what seemed to be a severe knee harm. Quick ahead to Sport 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday evening, and the two-time MVP appeared so much like his normal self.
Antetokounmpo had 20 factors, 17 rebounds and 4 assists in Milwaukee’s 118-105 loss to Phoenix, a formidable efficiency contemplating “The Greek Freak” had solely been upgraded from uncertain to questionable on Tuesday afternoon. Throughout his postgame media availability, Antetokounmpo, who suffered a hyperextension of his left knee in opposition to the Hawks however prevented any structural harm, informed reporters he did not really feel any ache in his 35 minutes of motion.
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“It is OK. , clearly not attempting to make it about me, however felt nice,” Antetokounmpo stated. “, the medical workers cleared me to play, and , on the market I had my steadiness. Thought my knee was steady. Didn’t really feel ache. So I felt good.”
Antetokounmpo could really feel good now, however he admitted that he initially feared the worst when he went down within the earlier spherical of the NBA playoffs. He nonetheless hasn’t watched the clip of the play during which he was injured.
“I am simply completely satisfied, man. I went down, I assumed I will be out for the 12 months. I assumed I am gone,” Antetokounmpo stated. “I assumed I would flip — I would damage every part in my knee. Simply with the ability to be on the bench and never be on a chilly desk getting surgical procedure and supporting these guys, watching the sport and strolling round and sharing with them. Clearly, my aggressive aspect will wish to play, however on the finish of the day you’ve got all the time obtained to seek out the optimistic issues in every part that you simply undergo so as so that you can transfer ahead.
“, I am completely satisfied that they had been capable of get the job executed. They performed nice. They performed collectively. I used to be extraordinarily proud for the crew and I am completely satisfied that I’ve the chance to be on the market with them once more and end what we began.”
“When the play occurred I assumed, ‘I’m going to be out for a 12 months.’ I’m simply completely satisfied that two video games later I’m again.”
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Antetokounmpo went by means of a rigorous rehabilitation course of so as to get clearance to play from Milwaukee’s medical workers. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated Antetokounmpo had been “checking packing containers the final couple days and making progress.” He credited each the All-Star ahead and the crew’s workers for getting him again on the ground so rapidly.
“I feel there have been numerous good issues, contemplating 5 days and what he is been by means of these final 5, six, seven days,” Budenholzer stated. “I feel 17 rebounds, 20 factors, some nice playmaking, passing, defending the rim, he is similar to all people else. I am certain we’ll discover some issues the place he could possibly be higher. I feel it normally takes him taking part in — he is a rhythm man.
“So, I am enthusiastic about how he’ll enhance from Sport 1 to Sport 2. We’ll see how he feels. However I feel play-wise, he all the time will get higher when he performs.”