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 Japanese Convention finals with what seemed to be a critical knee harm. Quick ahead to Sport 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night time, and the two-time MVP appeared so much like his typical self.
Antetokounmpo had 20 factors, 17 rebounds and 4 assists in Milwaukee’s 118-105 loss to Phoenix, a powerful 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 towards 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. You understand, clearly not making an attempt to make it about me, however felt nice,” Antetokounmpo stated. “You understand, the medical employees cleared me to play, and you recognize, on the market I had my stability. Thought my knee was secure. 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 through which he was injured.
“I am simply completely happy, man. I went down, I believed I’ll be out for the yr. I believed I am gone,” Antetokounmpo stated. “I believed I might flip — I might harm all the pieces 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 facet will wish to play, however on the finish of the day you have at all times obtained to search out the constructive issues in all the pieces that you simply undergo so as so that you can transfer ahead.
“You understand, I am completely happy that they had been capable of get the job carried out. They performed nice. They performed collectively. I used to be extraordinarily proud for the staff and I am completely happy that I’ve the chance to be on the market with them once more and end what we began.”
“When the play occurred I believed, ‘I’m going to be out for a yr.’ I’m simply completely happy that two video games later I’m again.”
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Antetokounmpo went by a rigorous rehabilitation course of with a purpose to get clearance to play from Milwaukee’s medical employees. 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 staff’s employees for getting him again on the ground so rapidly.
“I feel there have been a number of good issues, contemplating 5 days and what he is been by 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 positive we’ll discover some issues the place he may very well be higher. I feel it often 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 at all times will get higher when he performs.”