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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, representing Greece at the European Basketball Championships, left his team’s 90-69 victory over Estonia on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury midway through the third quarter.
He didn’t return, but coach Demetrius Etodis said after the match “everything is fine” and that Antetokonmo received ice and treatment after the match. News agency.
The AP also reported that Antetokounmpo had a poor game after game but celebrated with teammates on the field after the match and shook hands with Estonia’s players and coaches.
Harris Stavro of Sport 24 and Eric Nehm of The Athletic gave more details shortly after the illness occurred:
Harris Stavro @harris_stavrou
Giannis was telling the medical staff that he straightened his ankle in that play. It’s not his knee, as Eric correctly pointed out. https://t.co/75iwigyfiB
After leaving the game, Antetokounmpo also caused his right knee to freeze, which has been causing him some trouble recently.
Giannis on the Greek seat and ice on his knee. It’s game over for him pic.twitter.com/1iTqPlbk3f
Antetokounmpo started the match on fire to lead Greece to the edge of the first half 51-36 en route to a blast:
He finished the match with 25 points in 19 minutes.
The 27-year-old was knocked out of Greece’s European Basketball Championship game against Great Britain on Monday due to discomfort in his knee, but Etodis He said It was “nothing big”. He also suffered from knee and back pain, but an MRI was done in August clean again.
And returned to Tuesday’s match with Ukraine.
Despite being known for his physical prowess, Antetokounmpo has missed 10 or more regular season games in four consecutive seasons. He missed 15 games in 2021-22.
The all-six-time star is arguably the most dominant player in the NBA. He averaged 29.9 points shooting 55.3 percent from the field last season while adding 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
Antetokounmpo amassed a career of Hall of Fame caliber. He is the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and 2020 Defensive Player, and led the Bucks to the NBA Championship in 2021. At 27, he’s barely in his prime.
Fortunately, Antitokonmo’s ankle injury does not appear to be serious, and his knee did not prevent him from taking control on Wednesday.
His next chance will be to play Sunday in the round of 16 after Greece went 5-0 in team play.