Giannis Antetokounmpo injures his back vs. Miami, 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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

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.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo injures his back.

“We’ll monitor him and see how he does, see how he wakes up, how he feels the rest of tonight and tomorrow.”

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

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Game 2 of the series is Wednesday in Milwaukee, and the Bucks will hope the two-time MVP is feeling better by then.

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.

Three-time All-Star Khris Middleton sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Game 2 of the Bucks’ opening-round series with the Chicago Bulls last season and missed Milwaukee’s final 10 playoff games.

Two years ago, Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee and missed the last two games of the East finals.

He returned from that injury and was named the MVP of the NBA Finals after scoring 50 points in the title-clinching Game 6 victory over the Phoenix Suns that gave the Bucks their first championship in a half-century.

“That’s our guy,” Middleton said. “We hope he’s going to be well, he’s going to be back out there with us Wednesday, but we’ve just got to focus on who’s out there at the same time.

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.”