Whereas the Milwaukee Bucks fell in Sport 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals, there was one silver lining: Giannis Antetokounmpo was capable of play. After struggling a knee damage throughout Sport four of the Jap Convention Finals in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks, Antetokounmpo proceeded to observe on the sideline as Milwaukee wrapped up the sequence and earned a spot within the Finals.
Initially listed as uncertain, Antetokounmpo was upgraded to questionable earlier within the day on Tuesday and, after going by means of his pregame warmup, obtained the inexperienced gentle. He was one of many group’s vibrant spots on the night, going for 20 factors, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, two steals, and a block within the 118-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Antetokounmpo gave a glimpse into the final week or so of his life after the sport, saying that when he initially obtained damage, his worry was that he’d be on the bench for the rest of the postseason.
“When the play occurred I believed, ‘I’m going to be out for a 12 months.’ I’m simply glad that two video games later I’m again.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 7, 2021
“I haven’t watched the clip, however when the play occurred I believed, ‘I’m going to be out for a 12 months,’” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “So, I’m simply glad that, two video games later, I’m again.”
As for a way he felt after 35 minutes in opposition to a pesky Suns aspect, Antetokounmpo gave as optimistic of an replace as he may, saying, “I felt good, I don’t really feel ache. I can run, I can soar, I can set screens, I can rebound the ball, I can do stuff. So, I’m good, I’m glad, I’m glad that I’m on the market.”
Nonetheless, Antetokounmpo is in a race in opposition to time. Time will inform how he feels when he wakes up within the morning after taking part in a whole basketball recreation, whereas Sport 2 of the Finals is on Thursday night. Milwaukee was outclassed in Sport 1, and any path again into the sequence will virtually actually require Antetokounmpo being the previous league MVP that he’s. The query now’s whether or not or not his knee will let him get to that time.