Giannis Antetokounmpo Injury Update: Will the Greek Freak Return Against Game 3 vs Pacers?

Giannis Antetokounmpo's injury status looms large as the Bucks gear up for the 3rd round against the Pacers. Will the Greek Freak be sidelined? Read more

Published on Apr 24, 2024  |  10:27 PM IST |  251.2K
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Giannis Antetokounmpo first got injured in a game against the Boston Celtics on April 9, sparking significant concern about his situation due to his non-contact left calf injury.

Luckily, the Bucks announced that no damage was done to his Achilles, and diagnosed him with a strain in his left calf's soleus muscle. As two weeks have elapsed since Antetokounmpo's injury, the Bucks continue to be tight-lipped about his progress.

Although the Bucks are hopeful about Giannis returning for the first-round series versus the Pacers, his return seems increasingly unsure each day. His participation entirely hinges on how his body responds to the treatment, given the two-to-four-week prognosis for his recovery.

Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Return Against Game 3 vs Pacers?

Antetokounmpo has resumed stationary jump shooting but has yet to practice cutting, scrimmaging, and full-on running, as reported by Shams Charania from The Athletic. His return to the court is improbable until he begins running and scrimmaging with the team, regardless of the urgency of the situation.

Having coped with injuries to his left hamstring, his left Achilles, and now his left calf, taking premature risks with their superstar's recovery is not an option for the Bucks. Any hasty decision might lead to Antetokounmpo being disqualified for the entire season.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's Injury Status Clouds Bucks' Playoff Prospects

The Bucks felt the absence of Giannis in Game 1 against the Pacers, despite their 109-94 victory over Indiana. However, his absence proved costly in Game 2 as the Bucks lost 125-108 on their home ground, conceding the home-court advantage to Indiana.

Now with the first-round series level at one game each, Giannis' availability stands as a pivotal factor in the Bucks' championship aspirations.

Uncertainty continues for Game 3 on Friday, as the superstar forward hasn't made the necessary progress toward full recovery. The Milwaukee team needs Giannis on the court to stay contenders for the championship.

His absence leaves significant gaps in their defense, a weakness the Pacers exploited in their 17-point victory during Tuesday's Game 2. Now all the Bucks can do is continue their intensive treatment and hope for a positive result.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his injury return, Giannis has at least begun jump shooting, signaling a glimmer of progress.


However, it's safe to speculate that he will likely be marked as 'doubtful' for Friday's Game 3 in Indianapolis unless an unexpected miracle happens within the next 48 hours.

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