The MVP had twice been listed as doubtful after hyperextending the left knee in an awkward fall Tuesday night. Tests conducted Wednesday showed no structural damage to the knee, but a timetable has not been presented for his return.
“When it comes to the variety of possibilities, I think where it lands should be considered positive,” said Mike Budenholzer, Bucks coach. Eric Nemh of Athletic. “It’s always a really difficult waterfall.” … It’s part of the sport. It’s part of the playoffs. We have to manage both from a Giannis perspective, from a team perspective, and we have to keep them always on the move, preparing for Game 5. ”
Nehm also examines how Milwaukee went during the regular season when Antetokounmpo did not play. He notes that the Bucks went 6-2 when he wasn’t active, but the rest of the rotation was available.
Budenholzer did not announce who will take Antetokounmpo’s place in the starting lineup and indicated that a decision can only come shortly before the game, Nehm tweets.
“At some point, you have to pull the trigger and make a decision,” Budenholzer said. “We’ll probably do that and then we’ll probably tell you we don’t know where we’re going to play and plan to start and after the tip-off or whatever, you guys have it.”