Antetokounmpo acknowledged that his right ankle is less than 100 percent but that he plans on staying in the lineup for Milwaukee.
"Usually when you sprain your ankle, you stay out for two, three, four games," he told reporters, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "But I don't like missing games. I've got to work through it while playing. I'll be ready to play until coach [Mike Budenholzer] tells me not to play."
The Bucks will obviously want Antetokounmpo on the court to help lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they have a fairly healthy cushion on the Toronto Raptors (four games) with only six games left on their schedule.
If need be, resting Antetokounmpo for a night or two would be sensible if it helps his ankle heal a bit before the playoffs.
Milwaukee is already without Malcolm Brogdon, who suffered a minor plantar fascia tear earlier this month. ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported Brogdon could miss six to eight weeks, which would potentially jeopardize his availability for the start of the postseason.
Wojnarowski and Andrews also reported Donte DiVincenzo will miss the playoffs with a foot injury.
The Bucks can get by without DiVincenzo, who has provided nice depth but isn't a key player for the team. Brogdon is much more valuable, as he can ease some of the scoring burden on Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton while providing excellent perimeter defense.
Of course, those two pale in comparison to Antetokounmpo, who is in a tight race with James Harden for MVP. His ankle injury could present a big problem for the Bucks if it continues to linger over the next few weeks.