MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s troublesome right ankle is acting up again.
With just under eight minutes left in the Bucks’ Thursday game against the Clippers, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk which gave his team an 108-91 lead.
The Bucks went on to conquer the Clippers 128-118. Antetokounmpo finished with 34 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes of playing time. He didn’t come back to the game, as an alternative sitting on the seat and periodically standing to gingerly walk the sideline and examine his ankle.
Subsequent to the game, Antetokounmpo said he sensed”fine,” however he was travelling the locker room with a substantial limp. He appeared to be in good spirits, joking with team mates and rapping loud to Greek music which played over the loudspeaker.
Antetokounmpo missed games a week from the LosAngeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers later spraining the Correct ankle on March 17 from the 76ers. He explained he felt fully recovered by the initial sprain.
“Usually when you sprain your ankle, you tweak your ankle, you stay out for twothree, four games,” Antetokounmpo explained. “However, I really don’t like lost gamesso I must work while playing and make an effort to receive my strength together with our practices”
It appeared that the Bucks temporarily considered having Antetokounmpo return to the game against LA..
The Clippers went on a 7-0 pursue Antetokounmpo went into the seat. With the Bucks leading by 10 and just under five minutes left in the game, Antetokounmpo walked into the scorer’s table. Immediately after, Brook Lopez splashed in a 3, pushing the Bucks’ lead back to 13 and prompting a Clippers timeout.
Bucks trainer Mike Budenholzer did actually be comfortable with this time margin, and Antetokounmpo sat back off.
“I simply thought we would put him in,” Budenholzer explained.
The Bucks have been riddled with injuries in recent weeks. The team is with no Nikola Mirotic (thumb), Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fasciitis) and Pau Gasol (foot). On Tuesdaythe team chose to close rookie Donte DiVincenzo, who is coping with a continuous heel injury.
Managing Antetokounmpo’s health — specifically his ankles and knees — has been a focus for the Bucks around season. The Bucks’ current training staff has been careful not to overload the MVP candidate.
“I think the training staff, Bud and the health care staff did a fantastic job knowing when to pull me away from a game,” Antetokoumpo explained. “I expect them. It doesn’t matter when I am going right through pain or I really don’t feel good. I am always ready to play the game. There are going to be a few days I will play pain. There’s likely to be a lot of days I’m stubborn and that I want to go playwith, but Bud resembles,’No, you are not going to play with ‘”
The Bucks are currently still now holding an”individual day” on Friday, and players are free to come in the gym and workout one-on-one or in little classes. On Saturday, the team travels to Atlanta. That schedule gives Antetokounmpo at least two weeks to get treatment without needing to be worried about games.
“We’ve got six games left, however the one thing that’s quite significant with this particular team will be to keep healthy,”” Antetokounmpo explained. “And get the people who’ve been out — catch them back and help them get back in the rhythm and plan the play offs. For this particular class, the main focus is health, and provided that we stay fit, we’re getting to be fine”