Updates from Saturday, Mar. 29
The Milwaukee Bucks announce Giannnis Antetokounmpo will be available for tonight's game:
UPDATE: F Giannis Antetokounmpo will be available for tonight’s game. #MILvMIA— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 29, 2014
The team initially reported he would be out for the contest:
O.J Mayo and Giannis are out tonight per Coach Drew. He hopes to work D.J. Stephens into tonight’s game. #MILvMIA— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 29, 2014
CF Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel provides details as to why his status changed:
Giannis Antetokounmpo will play vs. Heat tonight. Giannis was ruled out at shootaround but told trainers he feels good and was given a go.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 29, 2014
"I warmed up a little bit and told him (trainer Scott Barthlama) I can play tonight, so he allowed me to play."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 29, 2014
The Milwaukee Bucks don't have much to celebrate due to a dismal 2013-14 NBA season. One bright spot has been the play of Giannis Antetokounmpo recently. Unfortunately, the team received even more bad news on Thursday night.
Antetokounmpo suffered a right ankle sprain during the Bucks' matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a tweet from C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Bucks say Giannis has right ankle sprain and will not return tonight.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) March 28, 2014
The Bucks provided an update after the game:
This comes as a huge upset for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo is one of the league's brightest young stars, and his recent on-court prowess has been phenomenal.
The 19-year-old "Greek Freak" has been tremendously fun to watch recently, and he continues to make highlight-reel plays like this one against the Los Angeles Clippers:
Antetokounmpo is a well-rounded player and shines when given the opportunity. He's averaged 7.0 points, 2.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game this season.