The Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, two of the top teams in the NBA right now, will face off in a major showdown on Friday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo, the past MVP and winner of back-to-back awards, may be forced to withdraw from this game now that his name has surfaced on the injury report.
The good news for the Bucks is that Giannis has been designated as probable to play on Friday even if he has left knee pain. Jim Owczarski, a reporter for the Bucks, provided this information.
Giannis will have missed five games this season if he decides to sit out the game against Kevin Durant and company. In addition to averaging a career-high 31.6 points on 53.7 percent shooting, 11.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game, Antetokounmpo has been his typical dominant self throughout the season.
It goes without saying that if Giannis is unable to play on Friday against a top team like the Nets, the Bucks will have a very difficult time finding a replacement for everything he brings to the table.
Khris Middleton, who missed the beginning of the season while recovering from offseason surgery on his left wrist, isn’t expected to play against Brooklyn, according to the report. He has missed the last three games due to right knee pain, and he now faces the possibility of missing a fourth straight contest as well.
Middleton, a three-time All-Star, has only appeared in seven games for Milwaukee this season and is still finding his footing. With a record of 22-9, the Bucks now hold the best record in the NBA. Though they are only 2.5 games behind them in the East, the Nets are not far behind.