Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo returns vs. Wizards despite toothache
Budenholzer on Giannis: “We’ll try and be wise and cautious with him like we always are.”
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) August 11, 2020
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the entire 2020 playoffs. They will face the Orlando Magic in the first round of the postseason.
With that said, maybe Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer will rest Antetokounmpo in the team’s final seeding game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
Entering Tuesday’s game versus the Wizards, Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists a night in 30.8 minutes per contest. The reigning MVP is shooting 55.4 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. Many pundits believe Antetokounmpo will repeat as MVP in 2020.
The Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Milwaukee took a 2-0 series lead but lost four straight after that. Antetokounmpo and Co., though, are the betting favorite to win the East this time around since Kawhi Leonard no longer plays for the Raptors. Plus, Bucks small forward Khris Middleton has taken his game to another level as Giannis’ partner in crime on offense.
Since entering the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo is putting up 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists with the Bucks.