Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket and took 2023 a hard fall.

Giannis Antetokounmpo .

Antetokounmpo landed hard on his backside after getting fouled in the first quarter and left the Bucks’ Eastern Conference playoff opener for good early in the second quarter on Sunday.
There was an X-ray that was clear here,”
“We’ll monitor him and see how he does, see how he wakes up, how he feels the rest of tonight and tomorrow.”
Game 2 of the series is Wednesday in Milwaukee, and the Bucks will hope the two-time MVP is feeling better by then.

“We have to wait and see what the doctors say, most importantly what Giannis says,”
Budenholzer said :  “Certainly we’ve been blessed with him being resilient and quick to heal, but you’ve just got to take it day by day, see how he’s doing and see how he feels.”

After getting removed from the game, Antetokounmpo went to the locker room.

He returned with 9:56 left in the second quarter but exited again with 8:33 left in the half and didn’t return.

“Didn’t look comfortable, confident,” Budenholzer said. “It felt like the right thing (to keep him out).”

Antetokounmpo had six points and three rebounds in 11 minutes.

This marks the second straight season the Bucks have suffered a key injury early in their playoff run.
They had a guy go down also, and they continued to compete and play well. Same mindset we tried to have. It sucks when our guys go down or can’t return but we’ve still got a job to do out there.”

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