Only a week in the past, Bucks followers had been holding their collective breath as Giannis Antetokounmpo crashed to the ground in Sport 4 of the Japanese Convention finals with what seemed to be a critical knee damage. Quick ahead to Sport 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday evening, and the two-time MVP appeared lots like his standard self.
Antetokounmpo had 20 factors, 17 rebounds and 4 assists in Milwaukee’s 118-105 loss to Phoenix, a powerful efficiency contemplating “The Greek Freak” had solely been upgraded from uncertain to questionable on Tuesday afternoon. Throughout his postgame media availability, Antetokounmpo, who suffered a hyperextension of his left knee towards the Hawks however prevented any structural harm, informed reporters he did not really feel any ache in his 35 minutes of motion.
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“It’s OK. You know, obviously not trying to make it about me, but felt great,” Antetokounmpo stated. “You know, the medical staff cleared me to play, and you know, out there I had my balance. Thought my knee was stable. Did not feel pain. So I felt good.”
Antetokounmpo could really feel good now, however he admitted that he initially feared the worst when he went down within the earlier spherical of the NBA playoffs. He nonetheless hasn’t watched the clip of the play wherein he was injured.
“I’m just happy, man. I went down, I thought I’m going to be out for the year. I thought I’m gone,” Antetokounmpo stated. “I thought I’d turn — I’d hurt everything in my knee. Just being able to be on the bench and not be on a cold table getting surgery and supporting those guys, watching the game and walking around and sharing with them. Obviously, my competitive side will want to play, but at the end of the day you’ve always got to find the positive things in everything that you go through in order for you to move forward.
“, I’m pleased that they had been in a position to get the job executed. They performed nice. They performed collectively. I used to be extraordinarily proud for the crew and I’m pleased that I’ve the chance to be on the market with them once more and end what we began.”
“When the play happened I thought, ‘I’m going to be out for a year.’ I’m just happy that two games later I’m back.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 7, 2021
Antetokounmpo went by means of a rigorous rehabilitation course of with a purpose to get clearance to play from Milwaukee’s medical workers. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated Antetokounmpo had been “checking boxes the last couple days and making progress.” He credited each the All-Star ahead and the crew’s workers for getting him again on the ground so rapidly.
“I think there were a lot of good things, considering five days and what he’s been through these last five, six, seven days,” Budenholzer stated. “I think 17 rebounds, 20 points, some great playmaking, passing, defending the rim, he’s just like everybody else. I’m sure we’ll find some things where he could be better. I think it usually takes him playing — he’s a rhythm guy.
“So, I’m enthusiastic about how he’ll enhance from Sport 1 to Sport 2. We’ll see how he feels. However I believe play-wise, he at all times will get higher when he performs.”