To borrow a WWE term, the 2021 Eastern Conference finals have turned into a Last Man Standing match.
The Bucks and Hawks are dealing with potentially series-changing injuries to their top players. Trae Young missed the entirety of Game 4, as he was recovering from a bone bruise in his right foot. Then Giannis Antetokounmpo went down with a scary left knee injury after attempting to block a Clint Capela dunk in the second half of that contest.
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Both stars haven’t been ruled out of the NBA playoffs, so when will they return to the court?
Here are the latest updates on Antetokounmpo and Young ahead of Thursday’s Game 5.
Will Giannis Antetokounmpo play vs. Hawks?
Antetokounmpo is listed as out on the official Game 5 injury report. The Bucks announced during Game 4 that he had suffered a hyperextension of his left knee, and an MRI later confirmed the initial diagnosis.
During his Wednesday media availability, Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the team is going to take it “day by day” with Antetokounmpo’s injury and not jeopardize his long-term health.
Budenholzer: “When you talk about the range of possibilities, I think where this has landed has to be looked at as a positive. It’s still a really difficult fall…It’s part of sport, part of the playoffs, but we’ll manage it, both from a Giannis perspective, a team perspective.”
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) June 30, 2021
Through 15 postseason games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists while shooting 55.1 percent from the field.
Will Trae Young play vs. Bucks?
UPDATE: Young is out for Game 5, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews.
ESPN Sources with @malika_andrews: Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young (foot) is out for Game 5 vs. Bucks tonight. Young will continue to rehab with hopes of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 on Saturday in Atlanta.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2021
ORIGINAL: Young is listed as questionable for Game 5. Hawks coach Nate McMillan told reporters that he is going to be a “game-time decision.”
Nate McMillan said Trae Young (bone bruise) will be a game-time decision for Game 5.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) June 30, 2021
Veteran guard Lou Williams replaced Young in Atlanta’s starting lineup for Game 4, totaling 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes. If Young is ruled out for Game 5, Williams will once again be expected to play a key role in the Hawks’ offense.
Through 15 postseason games, Young is averaging 29.8 points and 9.5 assists.
Bucks vs. Hawks Game 5 injury report
(Current as of 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday)
|Bucks||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Out||Left knee; hyperextension|
|Bucks||Donte DiVincenzo||Out||Left ankle; surgery|
|Hawks||Bogdan Bogdanovic||Probable||Right knee; soreness|
|Hawks||Clint Capela||Questionable||Right eye; inflammation|
|Hawks||Brandon Goodwin||Out||Respiratory; condition|
|Hawks||De’Andre Hunter||Out||Right meniscus; surgery|
|Hawks||Trae Young||Questionable||Right foot; bone bruise|
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